Monique the Traveling Hen Is Sailing Around the World

Posted by TF Oren
All photos courtesy of Voyage d'Yvinec - Guirec Soudée/Facebook

Monique the traveling hen has more stamps on her passport than you do.

When 24-year-old French sailor Guirec Soudée began to plan his around-the-world sailing trip, he knew he wanted company in the form of a pet. He pondered his options. At first, he thought a cat would be a good choice, but then decided against bringing a feline companion because it would require too much maintenance.

Then, it hit him: a hen!

"The hen was an ideal choice. It doesn't need that much looking after and I'm able to get eggs at sea," Soudée told the BBC.

Soudée and Monique bonded immediately. The rest was history.

Soudée found Monique in the Canary Islands, and it was love at first sight.

"I knew she was the one straight away," he says.

"She was only about four or five months old then, and had never left the Canary Islands. I didn't speak any Spanish and she didn't speak any French, but we got along."

Sharing a meal.

In May of 2014, Soudée and Monique began their trip around the world in a 39-foot boat called Yvinec. For the most part, Monique has the run of the vessel, except in inclement weather. She lays a few eggs every week - something Soudée's naysayers said wouldn't happen because Monique would be too stressed - and eats just about anything, often sharing meals with Soudée.

And as if patrolling the deck of a nearly 40-foot sailboat like a boss weren't enough, this sailing chicken swims, windsurfs, and paddleboards too! When the duo lands somewhere new, Monique loves to explore. She's even set foot in the snow.

In sailing around the world, Soudée hopes to inspire others to pursue their passions. In addition, he hopes to use his voyage as a way to encourage and participate in ocean preservation.

Monique's international adventures have earned her thousands of online followers.  And as for Monique, she's gathered thousands of fans and followers on social media. She's also hard at work on a children's book.

You can learn more about Monique the traveling hen (and her human companion) on the duo's official website.

All photos courtesy of Voyage d'Yvinec - Guirec Soudée/Facebook 

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Monique the Traveling Hen Is Sailing Around the World