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Brand Name Mission Mountain
Rating (5)    
Company by Mission Mountain Organic Farm
Location Ronan, MT
Market Area Western Montana and nationally through Azure Standard
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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 green, such as this one, are providing "Enhanced Outdoor Access" to their birds. Their hens live in housing surrounded by a generous amount of outdoor space which they have access to. We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

Remember in the "good old days" when you cracked open those eggs from the farm and they stood up in the skillet in a small circle with a bright orange yolk? Have we all gotten too used to the modern pale yolked eggs that run like water all the way to the edges of the pan? Revisit the flavor and the texture of the "good old days" when you try these eggs. We've had so many people tell us that they'd forgotten how good eggs used to taste until our eggs brought back those memories.

Located in the heart of the Flathead River valley of Montana, our chickens freely range on pasture during the day,coming in to shelters to lay their eggs and roost at night. Unlike the "factory chicken farms", which keep hens enclosed in huge buildings with less than a square foot of floor space per bird for their entire lives and eating rationsof chemically grown grain and antibiotics, our hens take a break from pasturing on their natural grass diet to happily scurry around in pursuit of that hopping grasshopper or that flying bug in view of the beautiful Mission Mountains. Their diet is supplemented with certified organically grown, natural, non‐soy grains on a free‐choice basis, leafy and green alfalfa hay in the winter, and they drink from non‐chlorinated, fresh mountain water drawn from underground water sources filtered by nature, the same as our own family drinks. Our hens lead a contented, serene life with a natural and completely organic diet which, we think you'll notice, produces a healthier, better‐tasting egg for you and your family. We comply with the strict organic standards set by the USDA and are annually inspected for compliance to be 100% "certified organic" in this small family operation.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm, produce 100% of eggs
Average Flock Size 80 flocks are 1,001-3,000 birds in size
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 0 none
Organic Certifier 100 Montana Dept. of Ag.
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 80 1.7-1.8 sq ft/hen
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching,, pasture access
Litter Management 80 litter freshened often, some pasture access
Natural Light 80 some natural light via windows
Outdoor Space per Bird 80 100 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 80 one door for every 251-500 hens
Outdoor Enrichments 60 shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 outdoor access except during inclement weather
Outdoor Management System 70 fixed house with rotated pastures
Manure Handling System 100 composted and applied on-farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 60 18 months old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 100 less than 1% annually
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 80 6-8 weeks of age
Feed Produced on Farm 80 some grain produced on the farm
US Grown Feed 100 all domestically grown
Soy in Feed No no soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2270
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)