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Brand Name  Village Farm
Rating (5)    
Company by Village Farm
Location Freedom, ME
Market Area Maine
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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…

We offer our customers beef and chickens and eggs.  We tend our animals with respect and gratitude.  We believe that meat raised on our farm is the best you can find anywhere.  We feed certified organic grain to our chickens and never give any animal hormones or antibiotics. The animals enjoy a "natural" life, doing whatever activities their species prefers: grazing, rooting, scratching, taking a dust bath, etc.  The taste and quality are far superior toany feedlot or factory-raised animal but the impact on the environment is also to be noted.  All of our animalsbenefit our farm system.  We use their manure, and/or ability to weed and till the soil to enhance the diversity of our farm.  These animals have lived a healthy, outdoor life.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 sole proprietor, produce 100% of eggs
Average Flock Size 100 under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points)
Organic Certifier 100 MOFGA
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 1 sq ft/hen in summer, 10 sq ft/hen winter, full outdoor access all the time
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching, and pasture access
Litter Management 100 litter cleaned out 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 80 avg 73 sq ft/hen at any given time
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 90 one door for every 76-250 hens
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 outdoor access year-round  except during inclement weather
Outdoor Management System 90 rotated weekly to new pasture
Manure Handling System 100 manure composted and used on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 2.5 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 100 less than 3% annually
Pullets 80 raise up from chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 40 around 16 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 50 just pasture
US Grown Feed 70 mostly sourced locally, but can't be 100% certain it is all domestically grown
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 no more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 95 not a full photo set
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2335
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)