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Brand Name Eben-Haezer's Happy Hens
Rating (5)    
Company by Eben-Haezer's Happy Hens
Location Ramona, CA
Market Area Southern California
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Eben Haezer

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…

Eben-Haezer Poultry Ranch is a small family farm located just a short drive from San Diego. We developed real local roots. The support from the community encouraged us to join with local restaurants, vendors, business people and residents to provide local fresh eggs to all of San Diego County.

Eben-Haezer Poultry Ranch is committed to providing our customers with the freshest, locally grown, great tasting eggs. Our eggs are the freshest and tastiest eggs you can buy. By buying locally grown eggs you are supporting the local economy and reducing the amount of energy used in transportation. In addition, some of our producers are organically certified and utilize the latest green technology to ensure the smallest carbon footprint possible.

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 100 A Bee Organic Certifiers
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 full outdoor access for birds 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching, pasture access
Litter Management 100 year-round pasture access
Natural Light 100 birds are outdoors all day
Outdoor Space per Bird 80 average 86.5 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 birds kept on rotated pasture with mobile housing
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 outdoor access year-round 
Outdoor Management System 90 rotated pasture with mobile housing, moved weekly
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 2.5 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 100 less than 1% annually, usually bobcats
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 1 week old
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm but birds acquire some of diet from pasture
US Grown Feed 70 domestic mill but can't be 100% certain
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration, but changing to soy-free formula later in year
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2420
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)