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Brand Name Kingbird Farm
Rating (5)    
Company by Kingbird Farm
Location Berkshire, NY
Market Area Upstate New York
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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 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…

Kingbird Farm is a model diverse, organic family farm in upstate New York with a flock of 300 laying hens on rotated pasture. Their eggs are available year‐round at Greenstar Cooperative Market in Ithaca NY. 

They write: 

We are a diverse small farm located just south of Ithaca New York. We offer a wide variety of organic poultry, meats, vegetables, and herbs that are certified organic by NOFA‐NY Certified Organic LLC. Our farming methods are based on a belief in the sustainability of diversified, small family farms managed with a respect for the land and the animals we raise on it. Our land has been certified organic for twelve years and we manage our land with crop rotation, cover crops, compost, and rotational grazing.

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) 100 AWA
Organic Certifier 100 NOFA-NY
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 4 sq ft/bird 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching, pasture access
Litter Management 100 new straw put down daily, complete removal annually
Natural Light 100 Birds have ample access to the outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Outdoor Space per Bird 70 average between 5 sq ft in winter, 30 sq ft in summer
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 birds kept on rotated pasture
Outdoor Enrichments 60 dust baths, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 hens not let out during storms or deep snow 
Outdoor Management System 90 pasture rotated weekly during summer
Manure Handling System 100 all manure composted and used onsite for crop production
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 2-3 years old when culled
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live to backyard producers or slaugthered for stewing hens
Death Loss Rate 80 5% annual death loss, mostly due to prolapse
Pullets 100 breed, hatch, and raise own pullets. Male chicks raised as meat birds
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 start going outside at 1 week of age
Feed Produced on Farm 75 some vegetables, forages, & sprouted grains produced on farm
US Grown Feed 70 buy from local mill, request local grain
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs synthetic methionine used per ton
Disclosure Rate 100 full photo set, full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2485
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)