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Brand Name Burroughs Family Farms
Rating (5)    
Company by Burroughs Family Farms
Location California
Market Area SF Bay Area and Central Valley
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Five-egg brands are at the top of the pecking order in terms of our 28 scoring criterion. And the brands, highlighted in gold, such as this one, are rotating their birds in mobile coops to the pasture. They are truly what we consider the "gold standard" in terms of certified organic egg production. We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

There is no better place in California to be an egg-laying chicken than the green pastures of Burroughs Family Farms. Heriberto, Benina, Mariana and Ward Montes are raising a pasture full of certified-organic, grass-eating, bug-hunting, sunshine-loving laying hens and 885 acres of almonds and olives, all organic or in transition.  Heriberto handles the day-to-day work with the birds and Benina manages the administrative and design work involved in keeping the business going. Mariana, Ward and Juliana 4, 2 and 2 months take care of keeping them both busy.[Their]  birds are raised and rotated on pasture with mobile hen houses with fresh air and plenty of exercise. You can be assured that [the] eggs are nutrient dense in vitamins A & D, so vital for our body systems to perform at peak performance. There is nothing as tasty as an organic, grass based, fresh egg - we hope you enjoy them as much as our family does!

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm, produces all of own eggs
Average Flock Size 100 under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 75 Oregon Tilth
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 2.8-3.3 sq ft/hen over year
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, litter, pasture
Litter Management 100 year round pasture access
Natural Light 100 birds have ample access to outdoors for natural light
Outdoor Space per Bird 100 Rotated around 1,315 acres
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 birds kept on rotated pasture in mobile housing
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 outdoor access year-round 
Outdoor Management System 100 rotated pasture with mobile housing moved daily
Manure Handling System 100 manure is spread out by birds through rotations
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 average 2.5 years
Use of Spent Hens 100 most spent hens are healthy enough to be sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 80 5% annually
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 60 8-16 weeks, depending on time of year
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm but access to pasture
US Grown Feed 40 some feed grown outside of US/Canada
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 100
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2335
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)