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Brand Name Crown S Ranch
Rating (5)    
Company by Crown S Ranch
Location Winthrop, WA
Market Area Seattle/Methow Valley 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…

Crown S Ranch is a sustainable family farm nestled in Washington’s Methow Valley. We have 150 plus acres of lush, certified organic pastures that produce healthful food for our family and yours. Our Ranch has been owned and lovingly tended by our family since the early 1960’s. By integrating the traditional craft of animal husbandry and innovative technology, we are able to raise our animals humanely  without  the  use  of  toxic  drugs  or  chemicals.  We  utilize  natural  cycles  that  protect  and  enhance  the environment and maintain a balanced ecosystem.We produce pasture raised beef, pork, lamb and poultry on our certified organic pastures. Our steers and lambs are entirely grass fed and finished. Our pig’s and poultry’s pasture diet is supplemented only with certified organic feed.

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) none
Organic Certifier 100 WSDA
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 1.5 sq ft/hen with full outdoor access
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, litter, outdoor access
Litter Management 100 refreshed as needed with full outdoor access
Natural Light 100 ample access to the outdoors plus windows
Outdoor Space per Bird 100 more than 43 sq ft/hen; many acres at a time
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 at least one door per 75 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 60 shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 year-round access except during most extreme winter weather
Outdoor Management System 90 mobile housing moved weekly to new pasture
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 1.6-3 years
Use of Spent Hens 100 processed into stewing hens and sold from the farm
Death Loss Rate 20 15-20% death loss mainly due to predation
Pullets 90 breed some and purchase some as chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 60 12 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 100 all grain grown and milled on farm
US Grown Feed 100 all grown on farm
Soy in Feed No no soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 100 no synthetic methionine used
Disclosure Rate 100 full photo set, full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2390
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)