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Brand Name  Skagit River Ranch
Rating (5)    
Company by Skagit River Ranch
Location Sedro Woolley, WA
Market Area NW Washington State
Web Site http://www.skagitriverranch.com/
 

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…


Unlike so called “free-range” chickens that are raised in confinement, our laying hens really live on pasture and eat grass, insects and organic grains as they roam in the green fields all day long. Our eggs sell so quickly at farmer’s markets that our customers stand in line for 15 minutes before the opening bell rings. They are that good!


Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm, produce 100% of eggs
Average Flock Size 100 under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 100 WSDA
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 4-5 sq ft/hen
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching, and pasture access
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 100 155 sq ft/hen 
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 birds kept on rotated pasture in mobile housing
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 outdoor access year-round 
Outdoor Management System 80 rotated pasture with mobile housing, moved every 2-3 months
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 100 avg 3 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 processed by owners as stewing hens
Death Loss Rate 40 around 8%
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 4-6 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 80 all grain milled on farm in addition to pasture access
US Grown Feed 100 buy all grain directly from local farms
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 100 No synthetic methionine, use fishmeal instead
Disclosure Rate 70 no photo set
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2450
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)