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Brand Name Blue Sky Family Farms
Rating (3)    
Company by Egg Innovations
Location Port Washington, WI
Market Area Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic
Web Site http://www.egginnovations.com/
http://www.blueskyfamilyfarms.com
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Three-egg brands are generally larger vertically integrated operations and/or purchase eggs from multiple farmers (or work with farmers on a contract basis supplying the chickens, feed and management oversight). Based on our analysis they appear to all meet the minimum USDA standards for legal outdoor access and many deserve credit for being fully transparent with Cornucopia researchers, and indirectly their organic community customers (Note: please see score on disclosure rate below – the score on this question also relates to their willingness to have their farms open to our inspection and/or supply required photographs of all four sides of each chicken coop producing their eggs). We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation...


Family owned and operated Egg Innovations is headquartered in Port Washington, Wisconsin and originates Free Range and Pasture Raised organic, non-GMO and conventionally fed eggs under the Blue Sky Family Farms brand. They can be found in finer natural and grocery stores throughout the Midwest and Northeast. Our eggs are raised by family farmers on farms across WI, OH, IN and KY. Every detail matters in producing consistently great eggs, that’s why we provide all of our partner farmers with barn plans, animal husbandry training, birds, feed, and support. Certified Humane by third parties, our birds really are free to roam inside and out enjoying green grass, sunshine and fresh air as good weather permits.


Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 60 privately held with contract farmers
Average Flock Size 40 around 20,000 in each house
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 60 All farms Certified Humane, some also American Humane
Organic Certifier 85 Quality Certification Services
Commitment to Organics 80 split operations, no cages
Indoor Space per Bird 50 1.2 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 80 perches, dust baths, scratching areas
Litter Management 80 every flock new litter plus weekly freshening
Natural Light 80 some natural light via windows
Outdoor Space per Bird 60 average 6 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 70 one door per 500-1,000 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 80 shade, water outdoors
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 confined seasonally
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed houses with non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 80 composted and used on farm or sold
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 80 laser tip beaks on day one of life
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 85-90 weeks average
Use of Spent Hens 50 sell spent hens to third party; don't know what happen to them after that
Death Loss Rate 80 4.5%, mostly due to pecking
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 40 18 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed is produced on farm but birds acquire some of their dietary needs from pasture/vegetation
US Grown Feed 70 we actively work to secure US grown feed but can't be 100% certain
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) 1935
THREE EGGS (Very Good)