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Second life for egglaying hens
CHANTAL, Margotte and Roxanne are some of the hens who once laid eggs for an industrial farm and now have found homes with families who adopt them for the fresh eggs but also the company.
Poule pour Tous (French for “Hen for All”) has set out to save hens from the abattoir by connecting those “past their prime” with new homes, for the well-being of the animals and the humans!
Egg-layers have a right to retire too! So say Poule Pour Tous, whose remit is to rescue hens from the abattoir and arrange for them to be adopted by kindly owners once their laying career is at an end.
Some 50 million chickens are bred as egg-layers each year in France. We consume nearly 14.8 billion eggs a year, however the egg-layers themselves rarely receive any thanks for their services.
After 18 months of labour, the majority of them are slaughtered due to them having exceeded their peak productivity. Less profitable, they are then sold at low prices to abattoirs, which unceremoniously transform them into meat by-products.
It’s an unacceptable ending for Thomas Dano, who is committed to offering hens bred for egg-laying a second life. His association travels to various breeders to buy up the hens destined for the abattoir. They are then sold on to individuals for ¤ 5to ¤7 (RM24 to RM34).
The association boasts 160 bases across France, with its development ongoing. After twoand-a-half years in business, nearly 25,000 hens have been saved from the abattoir.
When individuals purchase one of their hens, she is still capable of laying an average of 1,000 eggs. The hens come with the added bonus of being genuine recyclers on legs, able to transform up to 150kg of food waste a year.