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Brand Name Hidden Camp
Rating (4)    
Company by Hidden Camp
Location Canajoharie, NY
Market Area New York City and upstate
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Four-egg brands have an excellent rating in terms of our 28 scoring criterion. We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

Hidden Camp Farm eggs can be found in retail stores throughout New York State’s Hudson Valley.  They can also be purchased straight from the farm. Call ahead to ensure availability. At Hidden Camp Farm, hens are free to forage in the fields, to scratch in the dirt, and to nestle themselves in the shade on sunny days. While their diets are supplemented with minerals and grains, we take great care to serve them only Certified Organic grains that never contain soy.  Why no soy?  Well, there are many reasons.  

The following article covers a few of them:

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm, produces all of own eggs
Average Flock Size 60 3,000-10,000
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 0 none
Organic Certifier 85 PCO
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 90 1.75-2 sq ft/hen
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, deep litter, outdoor access
Litter Management 100 freshened weekly, removed twice a year
Natural Light 90 all natural light, curtains down two sides
Outdoor Space per Bird 80 43 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 70 one door for every 500-1,000 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 60 shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 only during inclement weather
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed house with no rotations
Manure Handling System 100 applied on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 70 pullets come with beaks trimmed
Laying Hen Lifespan 70 18-20 months
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold to live markets
Death Loss Rate 80 5%
Pullets 40 purchase ready-to-lay pullets
Pullet Access to Outdoors 40 18 weeks of age
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm but pasture access
US Grown Feed 70 Buy from Green Mtn Feed in Vermont, not sure if all domestic
Soy in Feed No no soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 90 some unclear answers
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2065
FOUR EGGS (Excellent)