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Brand Name Giving Nature
Rating (3)    
Company by Giving Nature
Location Holicong, PA
Market Area Mid-Atlantic region
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For over 20 years Giving Nature has worked with the Central Pennsylvania Farming Community to nurture and create markets for sustainable agriculture.  One of the first to bring Certified Organic eggs to our local Mid Atlantic market, Giving Nature's new initiative is to help create greater public awareness of agricultural activities impact on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Most importantly, farming activities that produce animal derived foods like eggs.  Watch our website for updates!

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 60 Private corporation that contracts with outside farmers
Average Flock Size 40 17,400 hen flocks
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 60 Certified Humane
Organic Certifier 85 PCO
Commitment to Organics 80 company markets organic and conventional cage-free
Indoor Space per Bird 50 1.2 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 80 perches, scratch areas, outdoor access most of the time
Litter Management 80 litter freshened often
Natural Light 80 some natural light
Outdoor Space per Bird 40 2-5 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 70 one door for every 500-1,000 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 80 water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 confined seasonally
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed houses with non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 100 manure composted and used on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 70 beak trimming within first 10 days
Laying Hen Lifespan 60 average 1.5 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 80 average 2-5% annually
Pullets 80 farms raise own pullets
Pullet Access to Outdoors 60 average 14 weeks old
Feed Produced on Farm 50 grow a little alfalfa as treat for chickens, also provide pasture
US Grown Feed 70 try to procure all domestic fed but can't be certain
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 70 not a complete photo set
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1945
THREE EGGS (Very Good)