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Brand Name  Twin Oaks Farm
Rating (5)    
Company by Twin Oaks Farm
Location Bonifay, FL
Market Area Florida 
Web Site http://www.twinoaksfarm.net/
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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…


Twin Oaks Farm is a 94 acres certified organic farm located in Holmes county, Florida. We raise chickens and ducks for eggs and meat, the old fashioned way. They roam freely on pastures, grass, bugs and sunshine is part of their diet. We supplement with a certified organic mix of real grains, NO soy, we are 100% soy free farm. We use movable coops where our chickens lay their eggs. At night we close the coops to keep them safe from predators, we also have a whole crew of donkeys patrolling the pastures. Our chickens share their pasture with the a herd of Gulf Coast Sheep and our signature Large Black Hogs: Cochon Noir de Bonifay.To complete our biodiversity, we also raise bees at our apiary. The farm produces a whole line of artisan food using only organic and/or local ingredients. Our production is small and authentic, the taste of Real Food.


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)
Organic Certifier 85 Quality Certification Services
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 3 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 rotated around 20 acres
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 one door per 75 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 80 water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 year-round pasture access
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 100 avg 3 years
Use of Spent Hens 100 process on farm for ready-to-eat meals, stocks, etc
Death Loss Rate 20 less than 10% a year, from accidents, some predation
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 immeidiately
Feed Produced on Farm 75 organic veggies, kitchen scraps produced on farm in addition to pasture
US Grown Feed 100 all domestically grown
Soy in Feed No no soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 100 no synthetic methionine
Disclosure Rate 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2440
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)