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Brand Name Niki Farms
Rating (5)    
Company by Niki Farms
Location Fresno, CA
Market Area Southern California
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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…

At Niki Farms we practice organic farming, our hens are out all day in our organic pasture/mandarin orchard. We are certified 100% organic by CCOF and registered as an egg handler with the State of California. We are ever striving to ensure safe, nutritious food, which you can see for yourself when you come by to pick up your eggs and do a farm tour.

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) none
Organic Certifier 85 CCOF
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 more than 2 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, pasture access
Litter Management 100 no litter, year-round pasture access
Natural Light 100 clear on two sides, full pasture access
Outdoor Space per Bird 100 700 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 at least one door per 75 birds, full pasture access
Outdoor Enrichments 60 shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 outdoor access year-round 
Outdoor Management System 70 fixed housing with large pasture & orchard for the hens to forage in
Manure Handling System 100 composted and used on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 100 3 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live pets, food 
Death Loss Rate 100 less than 2% annually
Pullets 80 raise up pullets from chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 within first 2 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm, full pasture access
US Grown Feed 70 actively work to buy 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 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2385
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)