Our eggs: directly from a true “father hen”!

Guillaume Drisket delivers our eggs every week directly from his farm in Othée. Rich in flavour, they are light years away from industrial products. Without them our chouquettes, waffles and tarts would not taste the same!

It’s not a secret any longer: the origin of all our ingredients is very important to us. In 2015, we started a policy to eliminate any taste enhancers, correctors or artificial regulators from our raw materials. We explain this in detail in our brochure.

Eggs are an essential ingredient in pastry making. We therefore went on a quest to find a producer who shares our values and proposes eggs that meet our quality standards. We finally crossed paths with Guillaume Drisket and we are happy to introduce him today!

This young producer breeds his hens in Othée, at some ten kilometres from Liège. His passion for poultry is not recent: he already played ‘father hen’ as a child. We invite you to get acquainted with him in this interview…

You have converted your passion into your professional activity, tell us how it happened ...

I work at the agricultural department of the Walloon region, keeping poultry is actually my secondary activity. I decided to go professional in July 2015: my father has been self-employed all his life and I have inherited that gene!

I have installed my hens on my father’s land where he produces strawberries, cherries and potatoes. He is a great help every day, he collects the eggs in the morning for example.

I progressively invest in this activity, I have 6 hen houses today. But I don’t want to go too far, my objective is to keep to that “family” size.

You use mobile hen houses, what is that method about?

They are 30m2 coops that can be moved with a tractor. Simply placed on the ground, you only have to attach two wheels to displace them: you then move them like a skip behind a tractor.

How is that method different from the usual breeding techniques?

The main difference is the moveable aspect of the building: usually, the coops are built “fixed”.

And is it better for the hens?

Absolutely! With traditional coops, the hens have always access to the same outdoor surface, which depletes the soil and prevents the grass from growing back. Also, because of the excrements, the soil becomes saturated with nitrates. Thanks to this mobile system, I can vary the locations and ensure the grassland is in good condition. And it is win-win for the hens!

Are there other benefits to report?

Yes, the decrease in parasites: as the coops regularly change place, the new hens that come in are not on the same grassland as the previous ones. We thus avoid any possible risk of contamination and the hens are in better health!

How did you come to choose this method?

I am passionate about poultry for as long as I can remember and I know that happy hens lay more eggs than others: their well-being is therefore very important to me.

When I started keeping hens, I wanted a method that combines production, respect for the well-being and the environment and the optimal exploitation of the grassland: mobile coops seemed the best solution to me. I looked into it and the method is already used in the south of France, so I thought “Why not here?”.

You also focus on the nutrition of your hens...

Absolutely. The hens are fed high quality food, consisting of Belgian wheat and maize and linseed bursting with omega 3, without additives or food colourants. Furthermore, illnesses are treated preventively with phytotherapy (plants medicine).

Thank you Guillaume Drisket for the delicious eggs he delivers to us every week. Come and taste the result in our shops and find out for yourself!