La ferme de La Villette
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The farm of La Villette

Meet the residents: donkeys, chickens, rabbits, and goats.

Between Little Villette and the Jardins Passagers, an educational farm opened in July 2023 thanks to the support of the Adrienne and Pierre Sommer Foundation. A collection of pastures, wooden structures, enclosures, and cabins has been designed to host the residents of La Ferme de la Villette.

You can meet two Sardinian donkeys named Quoquine and Lerminette, aged 19 and 24 at their arrival in 2023, who have come to spend their retirement in Paris. Additionally, three generations of “chèvres des fossés” (Prune the grandmother, Olive the mother, Ula and Utopie the granddaughters) are also there. Not to mention the chickens and rabbits.

Exceptional closure from the evening of July 21 to 3 p.m. on August 17, 2024

Join the “Matins Fermiers”

La Ferme de la Villette, a privileged place for discovering and strengthening the bonds between city dwellers and animals. Similar to the “Jardins passagers,” workshops are offered where you can meet the farm residents, understand their way of life, and participate in their care.

Every weekend, alongside a farmer, feed the animals, brush them, and change their bedding… Donkeys, goats, chickens, and rabbits will no longer hold any secrets for you.

Practical information

Ages 3-10 • Duration 1h30
Workshop for parent-child pairs | PT €22 • AA €16
Please wear appropriate clothing for farm work (long pants and closed-toe shoes).

For groups

During weekdays, La Ferme de la Villette is reserved for hosting school groups (including those from social and medical-social fields) to participate in workshops lasting an hour and a half, focused on ethology and animal welfare.

Practical information

The farm is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Animal presentations by the farm team take place throughout the afternoon.

During the week, the farm is open by reservation only for groups, from March to October.

How to get there?
Metro 5: stop at Porte de Pantin
Bus 75, 151: stop at Porte de Pantin
Tramway 3b: stop at Porte de Pantin or Porte de la Villette

Accessibility 
La Ferme de la Villette is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

With the support of Fondation Adrienne et Pierre Sommer

The residents of the farm:

The donkeys

The two Sardinian donkeys come from the Bel Âne breeding farm in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, where they lived for 10 years. They are very close friends, no longer breed, and need less space than the younger donkeys.
The Sardinian donkey is characterized by its small size, gray coat, and cruciate stripe on its back. This Italian breed has traditionally been used for various agricultural tasks and transhumance. Its small size allows easy access to steep terrain. However, the population of this breed has significantly declined in recent times.

Quoquine
Quoquine

Quoquine is 19 years old and is the smallest, measuring 80 cm at the withers. She has a more beige coat, and the ridge and St. Andrew’s cross on her back are more pronounced.

Lherminette

Lerminette is 24 years old and has a more elongated head, a light coat, and a more pronounced fat pad on her neck.

Lherminette

The hens

All our hens come from the poultry farm in Saint-Georges in the Paris region; they were born and raised together there.

Hens are very intelligent; they have a wide range of varied signals to communicate, for example, about external dangers. They are a social species that lives in small groups with many females and one or two roosters.

Our ornamental hens

Rosalind, the Silkie chicken, is entirely white, with feathers that resemble down.
Pétunia-Perséphone, also known as Pépé, the Paduan chicken, is brown and black with a beautiful crest that falls over her eyes.
Simone, the Dutch crested hen, has a gray plumage and a white crest.

Rosalind

Pépé

Simone

Our laying hens

Georgette, the cuckoo gray hen, has yellow legs and a bluish-gray plumage reminiscent of the cuckoo pattern.
Colette, the red Shaver with a black tail, is our red hen.
Phlox, the white Sussex with black flecks, has white legs and a spotted black pattern around her neck.

Georgette
Colette
Phlox

The goats

The goat is a mammal belonging to the bovid family, characterized by legs with two-toed hooves. Goats are recognizable by their horns and beard (barbichette). Often, you’ll notice two small balls of skin on their neck called wattles or pendants, which are skin outgrowths. Goats are social animals and cannot live alone. They have an exploratory temperament: they love to roam and search for food.

The Chèvre des Fossés, or “ditch goat,” was historically used for maintaining embankments and ditches, often tethered to a stake or supervised by children. It helped clean and maintain uncultivated areas. Traditionally raised for its milk, which was sometimes used to make cheese, this breed is docile and hardy. Today, it is being reintroduced for its milk production and its ability to clear vegetation through browsing.

At the farm, three generations of the same family live together.

The grandmother and the mother

Prune is 4 years old, with a completely brown coat and long hair. She is the grandmother.
Olive is 3 years old, with a brown coat and large white patches on her sides. She is Prune’s daughter and the mother of the young goats.

Prune
Olive
The young female goats

Ula and Utopie are twin sisters born on March 28, 2023.
Ula is brown and white. Utopie is white, gray, and brown.

Ula
Utopie

The rabbits

The rabbit is a social animal but also territorial, living in family groups known as clans. Rabbits are naturally cautious because they are prey animals in the wild. If you hear them thumping the ground with their hind feet, it’s a signal to alert other rabbits in the clan that a predator or stranger is nearby.

The rabbit is herbivorous, not granivorous. Its digestive system allows it to thrive on a diet that is primarily fresh plants and dried forage. Rabbits are lagomorphs (not rodents); their teeth continuously grow. They need to eat hay almost constantly to keep their teeth worn down.

Crossbreed rabbits of dwarf and mini lop breeds

The dwarf lop rabbit is a miniature variety of domestic rabbit resulting from the crossbreeding of French lop rabbits and dwarf rabbits. Its characteristic feature is long drooping ears and a significantly reduced size compared to standard lop rabbits.

Jojo has a fawn-colored coat and is recognized by the dark spot on his nose.
Tango has an “Isabella” coat, being the lightest of the three brothers with a white spot on his back.
Indigo has a “Japanese blue” coat, marbled with brown and gray-blue.

Our three dwarf lop minilop rabbits are brothers born in March 2023. Their mother is a French dwarf lop and their father is a minilop. They come from an educational farm that specializes in animal therapy.

Jojo
Tango
Indigo
The Checkered Giant rabbit

Our two Checkered Giant rabbits are brothers born in May 2023. They also come from an educational farm in Normandy. They have never been very timid and started seeking attention as soon as they arrived at the farm.

Goliath is black with white patches on the head, legs, and belly.
Melchior is white with black patches on the body and head. His ears are black.

Goliath
Melchior