Chickens & Roosters
The Ippoasi chickens have a dedicated area, called the chicken coop, where they can freely go about their day and find shelter for the night in comfortable wooden houses. They come from the most desparate situations: intensive farms, small home poultry houses, vivisection laboratories etc. At Ippoasi they find their dignity: all of them have been given a name. The serenity inside the henhouse is guaranteed by some important factors, among which an adequate balance of the number of males and females, a large space available and many points of distribution of food.
Simona was confiscated by the local authorities from a farm that was not meeting the legal requirements. When she arrived at Ippoasi she was still a chick but she grew very quickly and reached a weight too high for her bone structure, which caused problems of arthritis and foot infections. This is one of the examples of genetic selection by humans in which certain favoured characteristics are emphasised (rapid weight gain) and prioritised over physical harmony of the individual. This kind of selection creates animals whose body structures are not adapted for a comfortable life. Luckily she adapted to her new environment and lifestyle and can now live a free and natural life.
Simona is sponsored by Debora from Torre Canavese (TO).
Cosimo is a tiny rooster saved from classical backyard farming where he was waiting to end up in a cooking pot. He is the oldest one of the group together with Tamburrino!
Cosimo is sponsored by Paola and Antonio from Uggiate Trevano (CO).
Girasole definitely took after his father Coscialunga who was also huge. His body is the result of cruel genetic selection by the food industry. Girasole grew up in freedom and has therefore had the fortune of having his mother at his side who taught him everything a rooster needs to know to live in this world.
Girasole is sponsored by Paola from Tortona.
Melissa is the sister of Girasole. She is definitely calmer than her brother. As a baby chick she was lucky to have a very caring mother at her side who taught her babies everyday everything they need to know to survive in this world. Now that she is grown up she loves spending time with her mother and the elderly chickens.
Melissa is looking for a sponsor. If you are interested in sponsoring her click here.
Tamburrino is part of a large group of chicks that was saved from a research facility in 2009 by the organisation Vita da Cani. He escaped vivisection because there were too many chicks for the research facility (by law these facilities have the possibility to give away these animals rather than kill them which is what usually happens in most of these cases).
Tamburrino is sponsored by Essere Animali from Forlì (FC).
Antonia was roaming around near a gas station on the highway when she was found by some players of a women’s rugby team on their way home from a game. The young girls decided they did not want to leave the little white chicken behind and put a lot of energy (and time) into catching her and bringing her to safety. It is very likely that Antonia escaped falling of a live chicken transport truck. That is how Antonia joined the chicken coop of Ippoasi: her cut beak is a sad reminder of her past but also proof of the incredible luck she has had. Immediately Antonia integrated perfectly in the chicken coop. Antonia is very curious and has a very strong will to live.
Antonia is sponsored by Annalisa & Francesco from Lucca.
Lilly is a tiny chicken saved by some volunteers near Florence. Lilly’s feet were covered with parasites and she also had several intestinal parasites. After about one month of treatment and recovery she was released in the chicken coop. Unfortunately she lost some parts of her toes due to the parasites but her life quality remains very high: Lilly learned to walk around independently!
Lilly is sponsored by Carol from Florence.
Lusia is very energetic and is often found jumping on and off tree branches the chicken coop.
Lusia is sponsored by Sara from Livorno.
Lino is sponsored by Antonio from Pisa.
Pier is sponsored by Silvia from Edinburgh.
Susanna is sponsored by Nathalie from Belgium.
A special mention goes to Vecchietta (old lady in Italian). Of the whole bunch she was probably in the worst state when she arrived. Vecchietta was extremely skinny and tiny with a long, curved beak (proof of her old age). Sadly she has lost all toes due to bacterial infections caused by the unsanitary living conditions she was found in. She was immediately brought to our veterinarian and was separated for several months from the other chickens allowing her to regain her strength. She received vitamins on a daily basis and what was left of her feet was treated with care. Since Vecchietta has been finally reunited with the others she has shown a very strong will to live and is in excellent health. She is the living proof that there is no age limit to finally finding happiness!
Vecchietta is sponsored by Paola from Livorno.
Matilde arrived at Ippoasi together with Rosaria thanks to the intervention of Vita da Cani. She is full of joy and curiosity. In the chicken coop she has found a natural environment where she can roam around freely in good company!
Matilde is looking for a sponsor. If you are interested in sponsoring her click here.
Rosaria arrived at Ippoasi together with Matilde thanks to the intervention of Vita da Cani. She is full of joy and curiosity. In the chicken coop she has found a natural environment where she can roam around freely in good company!
Rosaria is looking for a sponsor. If you are interested in sponsoring her click here.
Ambra is sponsored by Raffaele from Agliana (PT).
Biancaneve is sponsored by Raffaele from Agliana (PT).
Phoenix is sponsored by Sara from Padova.
Augusto is looking for a sponsor. If you are interested in sponsoring him click here.
Eli is sponsored by Sara from Ravenna.
Yang is sponsored by Sabrina.
Cocco is a former layer hen who was helped to freedom by a couple of activists. She has been living at Ippoasi since she was little and she has always been one of the most curious of all the chickens and loves to follow around whoever is cleaning the chicken house, pecking the feet every now and again.
Cocco is sponsored by Guia & Jacopo.