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Brand Name Mosel Eggs
Rating (5)    
Company by Mosel Eggs
Location Page, NE
Market Area Nebraska
Web Site None
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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…


Mosel Organic Farms is a 3rd generation organic crop and livestock.  We sell our OCIA Certified Organic free ranch eggs locally to 4 supermarkets in Nebraska.


Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm, produces all of own eggs
Average Flock Size 100 flock size under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 100 OCIA
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 over 2 sq ft/bird 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching areas, full outdoor access
Litter Management 100 litter cleaned out weekly plus pasture access
Natural Light 100 Birds have ample access to the outdoors for natural light during all daylight ho
Outdoor Space per Bird 100 240 acres
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 more than one door per 75 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 outdoor access year-round except during inclement weather 
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed housing with non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 100 composted and used on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 60 between 1-2 years
Use of Spent Hens 100 processed as stewing hens
Death Loss Rate 100 around 1%
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 1 month old
Feed Produced on Farm 80 some grain is produced and milled on farm along with pasture
US Grown Feed 100 all domestically grown
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 70 no photo set
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2410
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)