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Brand Name PNS Farms
Rating (5)    
Company by PNS Farms
Location South Florida
Market Area Florida
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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…

Our hens are housed in a wooden barn, comparable to the Ritz for people, where they eat (high quality certified organic – soy free feed, no antibiotics, no hormones, no animal byproducts, no food from GMO crops); lay their eggs, porch and sleep on ladders as they love to sleep high off the ground.  The floors are concrete covered with pine shavings to keep humidity out and maintain cleanliness (shavings changed weekly).  They have continuous access to outdoors where they pasture, enjoy the bugs, sun, fresh air and shade under the guava trees.  They love to exercise, climb on the trees and pick the fruits – many of us enjoy sunbathing on the sand; they enjoy sunbathing on the soil.  These are truly happy hens that produce safe, healthy and nutritious organic eggs.  We go to extremes to safeguard their well-being – no shortcuts here or anywhere else.

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) 0 none
Organic Certifier 85 Qualtiy Certification Services
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 5.5 sq ft/hen
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching, pasture access
Litter Management 100 litter freshened weekly plus pasture access
Natural Light 100 Birds have ample access to the outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Outdoor Space per Bird 70 11 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 more than one door per 75 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 year-round pasture access
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed house 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 100 average of 3 years or longer
Use of Spent Hens 100 used for home consumption
Death Loss Rate 100 under 1% annually
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 4 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 75 vegetables produced on farm along with pasture
US Grown Feed 100 all domestically grown
Soy in Feed No no soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 100 no synthetic methionine, uses fishmeal instead 
Disclosure Rate 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2470
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)