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Brand Name Milo's Organic
Rating (3)    
Company by Milo's Poultry Farm
Location Bonduel, WI
Market Area Wisconsin and Illinois
Web Site None

Three-egg brands are generally larger vertically integrated operations and/or purchase eggs from multiple farmers (or work with farmers on a contract basis supplying the chickens, feed and management oversight). Based on our analysis they appear to all meet the minimum USDA standards for legal outdoor access and many deserve credit for being fully transparent with Cornucopia researchers, and indirectly their organic community customers (Note: please see score on disclosure rate below – the score on this question also relates to their willingness to have their farms open to our inspection and/or supply required photographs of all four sides of each chicken coop producing their eggs). We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation...

I want to tell you about our organic eggs. Here at Milo's Poultry Farms, I have chickens that roam on our organic farms in Northeast Wisconsin. I now have birds on other family farms besides my own due to customer demand, but I own the birds and supply the feed, so I have control over egg quality and also see to it that they have access to the outdoors and green grass as much as the seasons and the weather permit. All of my hens are fed the same, so the color of the shell has nothing to do with the quality inside. My chickens are fed an all vegetarian diet which includes vitamins, minerals, herbs, and a high source of Omega-3 fatty acids from flax seed. Whenever the garden and flower beds are not in production, they have a run of the farm; otherwise I rotate them between different pens to keep them picking through the fresh grass.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 70 family owned business with contracts with other farmers
Average Flock Size 80 2,214 bird flocks
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 0
Organic Certifier 100 International Certification Services
Commitment to Organics 100 100%
Indoor Space per Bird 100 1.75-2 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 80 some enrichments
Litter Management 60 litter freshened once or twice a year
Natural Light 80 some natural light via windows
Outdoor Space per Bird 40 3.5-4.5sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 80 one door per 251-500 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 60 shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 confined seasonally or daily with regulated hours of outdoor access
Outdoor Management System 65 fixed house with minimal rotation
Manure Handling System 60 give away manure, don't use on own land
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 50 pullets come trimmed, no standard policy
Laying Hen Lifespan 60 1.5 years
Use of Spent Hens 100 sell some live, butcher some
Death Loss Rate 100 less than 2%
Pullets 40 company purchases ready-to-lay pullets from outside source
Pullet Access to Outdoors 40 15-20 weeks old
Feed Produced on Farm 50 No feed is produced on farm but birds acquire some of their dietary needs from pasture/vegetation
US Grown Feed 70 We actively work to secure US grown feed but can't be 100% certain
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 85 photo set in progress
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1910
THREE EGGS (Very Good)