Pondation de Félicie hosts reformed laying hens, whom fate was to end in the slaughterhouse. They are only 18 months old when they become non profitable enough for the stockbreeder.
Yet, they can still live about 5 years after that, and keep laying eggs (enough for a family to be self-sufficient), eating vegetables wastes and producing quality fertilizer ; but they can enjoy a second life with a kind family, and be respected for what they are : sentient beings with a complexe inner existence.
We go in the farm and negociate with the breeder to pick up as much hens as we can properly host.
Then, we take care of them, heal the ones who need to be, and give them respect and emphasis, in order to resocialize them, with humans and other hens.
After a few weeks, they are ready to go in their last family, with promises of good care and well-being for the rest of their life.
We try to reduce the stress and disconfort during transports as much as possible; that is why we only pick and deliver hens about 100km around our headquarters.
We also keep no more than a hundred hens toghether at the same time, so that they are able to recognize all of their peers.
Our mission is to promote a good futur for our rescued hens, but also for all the laying hens as much as we can. Because their fate is the result of market demand, the customers are responsible for this situation. It appears essential to us to let everyone know what a lifetime in livestock really looks like, to be sure each and any will take the right decision for their consumption.
Why a laying hens santuary ? Because they are the great forgottens of all the meat comsuption system, more than any others exploited animals.
Why Félicie ? Because it is the name of the very first hen we rescued, she is still with us (2019) and remains forever the absolute “Henmother” (it’s like the Godfather but better) !
Everybody does not have a garden and the space to welcome a hen, and old hens eventually stop to lay ; that is why we also promote vegan diet, in order to proudly assert our abolitionist position.