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Brand Name Farm and Wilderness
Rating (5)    
Company by Farm and Wilderness
Location Plymouth, VT
Market Area Vermont
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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 green, such as this one, are providing "Enhanced Outdoor Access" to their birds. Their hens live in housing surrounded by a generous amount of outdoor space which they have access to. We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

This highly rated brand of organic eggs participated in the Organic Egg Scorecard project by answering questions about their production practices. Details about their egg production practices can be found in the table below.

We also encourage all highly rated egg brands to send us a brief description of their farm or company and up to two graphic images (normally one of their logo) to post on this webpage. This farm/company has not sent us their materials; if you are one of their customers, and would like to know more about their background, please contact them and encourage them to forward their information to Cornucopia.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 Non-profit, 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 Vermont Organic Farmers
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 8 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching, pasture access
Litter Management 100 litter cleaned out weekly plus pasture access
Natural Light 100 birds have ample access to outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Outdoor Space per Bird 80 average 80 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 90 one door for every 76-250 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 year-round pasture access
Outdoor Management System 70 fixed housing with rotated 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 40 between 1-1.5 years
Use of Spent Hens 100 processed as stewing hens
Death Loss Rate 20 around 12%
Pullets 90 hatch some chicks, buy some chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors806-10 weeks old
Feed Produced on Farm50just pasture
US Grown Feed100all domestically grown
Soy in FeedYessoy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids70no more than 2 lbs per ton synthetic methionine
Disclosure Rate65no photo set, one unclear answer
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2255
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)