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Brand Name Pete and Gerry's
Rating (3)    
Company by Pete and Gerry's
Location Monroe, NH
Market Area Northeast
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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...

Pete and Gerry’s is an example of a large‐scale producer that is moving away from the industrial model of egg production, committed instead to increasing both indoor and outdoor access for its birds. At its New Hampshire location, the company has attached winter gardens (“like a screened‐in porch for chickens”) to all its organic buildings, and increased vegetated outdoor space as well.

They write:

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs is a family owned and operated farm and processor of organic eggs, located in Northern New Hampshire, near the White Mountain National Forest. Pete and Gerry’s was the first egg farm in the country to be recognized by Humane Farm Animal Care’s Certified Humane program. Along with producing eggs at the family farm in Monroe, NH, Pete and Gerry’s has been able to grow by partnering with nearly 20 other family farms throughout the Northeast. Pete and Gerry’s is also actively pursuing and supporting new partnerships with local New England based farmers who would like to produce eggs with us.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 70 family owned, produces own eggs & buys from other farmers
Average Flock Size 40 2,800-23,000 bird flock
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 60 Certified Humane, B Corp
Organic Certifier 85 New Hampshire Dept. of Ag, PCO, GOA, OEFFA, ICO
Commitment to Organics 80 markets both organic & cage free
Indoor Space per Bird 50 1.2 sq ft per bird minimum
Indoor Enrichments 80 perches, dust baths, scratching areas, not year-round pasture access
Litter Management 80  litter freshened often but not year-round pasture acces
Natural Light 80 some natural light via windows
Outdoor Space per Bird 40 avg 2-5 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 40 one door for every 1,001-3,000 hens
Outdoor Enrichments 80 shade, water outdoors
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 confined seasonally in winter
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed house with non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 80  sell most of manure off farm, starting a composting program
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 70 beaks have to be trimmed in first 10 days of life
Laying Hen Lifespan 60 80 week average
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 100 less than 2%
Pullets 60 purchase both chicks and ready to lay pullets
Pullet Access to Outdoors 40 around 16 weeks
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 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1915
THREE EGGS (Very Good)