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Brand Name Common Good Farm
Rating (5)    
Company by Common Good Farm
Location Nebraska
Market Area Lincoln, NE region
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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…

Our fabulous brown eggs are from chickens pastured on our certified Biodynamic pastures. We grind our own organic custom mix of chicken ration to supplement their diet of bugs & grass & scraps from our own vegetable production. We procure the organic grains from other Nebraska farmers that certify organic. We sell our eggs direct on-farm year-round, as well as through Open Harvest in Lincoln. We are at Old Cheney Farmer’s Market in Lincoln from late April through earliest July. Certified organic eggs means they receive no antibiotics, hormones or GMO grains. We rotate the chicken houses throughout our pastures in moveable houses with portable fencing to protect them from wild animals & neighborhood dogs, as well as protect the produce from the chickens. They are an important part of our pest control management strategy (chickens love grasshoppers especially!) & forage makes up about 30 percent of their diet. We pack our eggs nest run -- this means mixed sizes in a carton. Carton weight total runs from medium (minimally) usually hedging towards large. The chickens are an important part of our farm rotation, providing pest control, increasing fertility, working in a balance with the produce, cattle & hogs.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family-owned LLC
Average Flock Size 100 under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 50 farm is certified Biodynamic (but not the eggs)
Organic Certifier 100 Stellar Certification Services
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 2 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, litter, pasture
Litter Management 80 refreshed as needed, cleaned two times per year
Natural Light 100 windows along whole length of house, outdoor access
Outdoor Space per Bird 70 30-32 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 at least one door per 75 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 year-round access except during most extreme weather
Outdoor Management System 80 mobile houses moved 1-2 times monthly
Manure Handling System 100 manure composted and used on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 2.5 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live
Death Loss Rate 100 3% annually to predators
Pullets 80 raised own pullets from chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 5-6 weeks of age
Feed Produced on Farm 80 some grain grown on farm, all feed milled on farm, pasture access
US Grown Feed 100 all domestically produced feed, buy whole grain to mill on farm
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2480
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)