At Glorious Googies, we absolutely pride ourselves on being really, really, REALLY free range. We work hard seven days a week to ensure we have the happiest hens around, who naturally produce the freshest and yummiest eggs. We hope once you see how we run our farm that you'll agree with us, that our farm is just a whole lot Glorious.
When done well, pastured free range eggs are essentially the best protein balls you could ever make or buy. They are unprocessed, pre-packaged, completely natural and rich in healthy fats, essential nutrients and vitamins. As well as all this, our hens eggs have an amazing yolk colour that will blow your mind. Producing such amazing Glorious Googies means our hens have to be out in the sunshine and fresh pasture as much as possible, which we're more than happy to oblige with.
Our hens are farmed exactly the way you imagine they should be, with a big old farm house, lots of trees and plenty of grass. Imagine a small backyard plot with a couple of hens rummaging around in the garden and lawns. Well, that's us, just on a slightly bigger scale.
We're all about reuse and recycle here, so what better way of doing it then making hen houses out of old caravans! The re-purposed caravans allow easy mobility across the pasture, they have great air flow and weather protection, and sight seeing views. Being able to easily move them across the pasture ensures the grass is evenly fertilised and our hens have plenty of access to fresh grass. The caravans have specially fitted nesting boxes and perches for hen comfort, and the floors have been removed to allow fertilisation of the pasture as the caravans are moved around the paddocks.
No. There is no need for us to lock the hens in the caravans as our gorgeous Maremma dogs and excellent permanent fencing protect our girls from foxes and eagles both day and night. So if a hen wants to sleep outside under the stars, she can.
We hand collect the eggs every day in our hand held shopping baskets (yes we bought them, and didn't nick them from the shops). This allows us to monitor feed, water levels, egg freshness and the health of all our hard working girls every single day.
We operate at 400 hens per hectare. This may sound like a lot or a little, depending on your perspective. However, we've found that this rate of hens per hectare works well for the land we farm.
The hens in their individual flocks of 200 birds have ample room to run, roam, dust bathe, forage and flap. This number also allows us to properly manage our pasture levels. Any less than this and the grass gets out of control, and we can't find the chooks. Any more and we have can have issues with soil erosion. So 400 hens per hectare works well for us.
No, we don't. De-beaking is a practice used in the majority of all egg producing systems, where the tip of the hens beak is removed with a lazer at only days old. This is done in an attempt to prevent hens attacking one another in an over crowded situation. Studies have shown that de-beaked hens loose the sensory nerves at the tip of their beak and have lifelong difficulties feeding. As we ensure our hens are happy with lots of space and no stress, there is absolutely no need for our hens to be de-beaked, and it also means they can eat a high quality, crushed wholegrain diet.
As well as grass, our hens are fed crushed, Australian whole grains in a specialised mix that helps our hens to stay happy and healthy. The hens cannot live exclusively on grass as there is not enough protein, vitamins and minerals in grass alone to sustain them or to allow them to produce delicious eggs. Instead, the hens need grain to grow feathers and produce eggs, and it helps to break up the grass within their guts digestive system. The feed is GMO free, antibiotic free, and does not contain any animal byproducts.
Yes! Although we supply the majority of our eggs wholesale to a variety of businesses both locally and around the Melbourne-ish areas, we also sell direct to the public from our farm. At the farm you can purchase eggs or you could even buy some of our older hens who are looking for a new home. By visiting the farm, you'll get to see what our farm looks and sounds like in real life, and find it probably looks even better than all the photos.
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