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Brand Name Shenandoah Valley Family Farms
Rating (4)     
Company by Shenandoah Valley Family Farms
Location Dayton, VA
Market Area Whole Foods Markets mid-atlantic region
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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 gold, such as this one, are rotating their birds in mobile coops to the pasture. They are truly what we consider the "gold standard" in terms of certified organic egg production. We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

These eggs were produced on one of a few small family farms in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The chickens freely roam on green pastures (as the season allows) during the day and voluntariy enter the henhouse at night. In the morning, eggs are hand-gathered, graded, and packed farm-fresh! Each carton is stamped with the name, address, and phone number of the small farm where your eggs originated, giving your family a direct connection to the source of your food.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 90 farmer owned LLC, produce all their own eggs
Average Flock Size 100 under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 100 OEFFA
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 full outdoor access
Indoor Enrichments 80 majority but not all farms have enough perch space
Litter Management 100 year-round pasture access
Natural Light 100 Birds have ample access to the outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Outdoor Space per Bird 80 50-150 acres per farm of outdoor rotation space
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 at least one door for every 75 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 outdoor access year-round 
Outdoor Management System 100 rotated pasture with mobile housing, moved every 2 days
Manure Handling System 100 manure is spread out by birds through rotations
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 40 1.5 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 40 6-8% annually
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 60 around 12 weeks old
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm but birds acquire part of diet from 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 50 no producer list, not a full photo set
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2240
FOUR EGGS (Excellent)