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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
Web Site http://www.happy-hens.com
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…


"Here in the beautiful, rural town of Ramona located in the outer region of San Diego, California is the Happy Hens Egg Ranch. At Happy Hens we grow the freshest, tastiest, local, nutrient dense eggs on the market. We uphold a strong commitment to not only provide the best eggs to our local community but also to do it in a way that promotes sustainability as well as provide the best life for our girls.

Our Happy Hens truly enjoy a "happy" lifestyle outdoors while having the freedom to express all their natural behaviors. On most picturesque days in Ramona, you can find our girls basking in the sun, taking dust baths, and foraging through our lush pastures for bugs and worms. In addition, they also consume superior Certified Organic Feed and Certified Organic Soy/Corn Free Feed. Our hens live in mobile barns fully equipped with fresh water and lots of perch and nesting space to shelter them from the country night critters. These barns are moved regularly (semi weekly/weekly) to ensure even fertilization of the ground as well as quality pasture for the girls. We also have our loyal day and night crew of Anatolian Shepherds who guard our girls from predators."


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 100 average 228 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 80 barley and oats planted in pasture
US Grown Feed 100 all feed domestically grown
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) 2500
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)