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Brand Name Schultz's Eggs
Rating (4)    
Company by Larry Schultz Organic Farm
Location Owatonna, MN
Market Area Midwest
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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…

Schultz chickens are cage free, they are free to eat and exercise anywhere comfortably within an airy sunlit barn, or to roam outdoors in grassy fence free fields, when weather conditions are favorable. Schultz chickens are free-range, certified organic and have no hormones or antibiotics administered during their lifespan. Their barns and farm yards are carefully watched over and protected from predators. This is all part of providing Schultz chickens with a stress free environment that allows the flock to develop into healthy, happy birds that make delicious and nutritious eggs. Schultz eggs are high in Omega-3 fatty acids because of the Flaxmeal that we mix into their organic feed. They are also very high in the anti-oxidant vitamin E. To ensure that you are receiving thefreshest and highest quality eggs, we candle and grade them right away.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 70 family owned with contracts with other farmers
Average Flock Size 70 1,200-7,300 per flock
Single or Double Henhouses 60 most single, one house double
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 85 GOA (7), MOSA (2)
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 1.75-2 sq ft/bird
Indoor Enrichments 80 perches, dust baths, scratching areas, not year-round pasture access
Litter Management 80 litter freshened often but not year-round pasture access
Natural Light 90 abundant natural light 
Outdoor Space per Bird 100 98-120 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 70 one door per 500-1,000 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 60 shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 confined seasonally in winter
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed house with non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 90 most manure used on farm for crops, some sell it to neighbors 
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 80 tipped on day one of life
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 1.5-2 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 80 3-5%
Pullets 60 purchase both chicks and ready to lay pullets
Pullet Access to Outdoors608-12 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm80some grain is produced and milled on farm
US Grown Feed100all domestically grown
Soy in FeedYessoy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids70No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate30no photos or producer list
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2025
FOUR EGGS (Excellent)