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Brand Name Sauder's
Rating (2)    
Company by Sauder Inc.
Location Lititz, PA
Market Area Mid-atlantic
Web Site http://www.saudereggs.com/
 

Two-egg brands are generally larger vertically integrated operations and/or they purchase eggs from multiple farmers (or work with farmers on a contract basis supplying the chickens, feed and management oversight). Based on our analysis a number of them do not appear to meet the minimum USDA standards for legal outdoor access (although compliance might vary and you should look at the narrative regarding the brand). All these brands lose credit for not 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…


Sauder's Organic Eggs are produced by hens that receive a special diet and special treatment:

 - they are fed rations having ingredients that were grown without pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, hormones, or commercial fertilizers from the day of their birth. 

 - they receive no drugs.

 - they are free to roam throughout their hen house, entering and leaving their nests at will.


Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 70 family owned business with contracts with other farmers
Average Flock Size ?
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 85 PCO
Commitment to Organics 20 split operation with organic and caged conventonal hens on same property
Indoor Space per Bird 80 1.5 sq ft/hen
Indoor Enrichments 80 perches with deep litter
Litter Management ?
Natural Light 90 abundant natural light in henhouses
Outdoor Space per Bird 10 .1-1 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 40 11 popholes per house
Outdoor Enrichments 0 none
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 during inclement weather only
Outdoor Management System 20 fixed housing with little outdoor space
Manure Handling System 80 sold off farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 70 within the first 10 days of life
Laying Hen Lifespan 60 1.5 years old
Use of Spent Hens ?
Death Loss Rate ?
Pullets 40 farmers purchase ready-to-lay pullets from outside sources
Pullet Access to Outdoors ?
Feed Produced on Farm 10 no feed produce on farm nor are hens supplemented with pasture
US Grown Feed ?
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton 
Disclosure Rate 30 did not fill out new survey, no photos, no producers
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1145
TWO EGGS (Fair)