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Brand Name  Wilcox Farms
Rating (3)    
Company by Wilcox Farms
Location Roy, WA
Market Area Western US
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Three-egg brands are generally larger vertically integrated operations and/or purchase eggs from multiple farmers (or work with farmers on a contract basis supplying the chickens, feed and management oversight). Based on our analysis they appear to all meet the minimum USDA standards for legal outdoor access and many deserve credit for 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...

Wilcox Farms was started by Judson Wilcox in 1909. The 100 year old family farm is 4th generation run and is committed to sustainable and organic farming practices, with a deep commitment to converting to 100% cage free and organic.The care of our animals, employees and land is our upmost priority. Equally important is to build a local feed source for our animals. 

Wilcox is currently growing organic crops and building partnerships with local farmers for additional feed sources. Wilcox Farms cares for the environment and has been innovative and conscience in sustainable farming methods by water conservation, organic composting, salmon and wildlife habitat.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 70 family owned business, produces majority of own eggs but contracts with a couple other farms
Average Flock Size 40 flocks are 11,500-12,500 hens in size
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 70 certified humane, salmon safe, and food alliance certified
Organic Certifier 75 Oregon Tilth
Commitment to Organics 40 split operations with orgnic, cage-free, and conventional eggs on same property
Indoor Space per Bird 50 1.2 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 80 perches, dust bats, scratching, but not year round outdoor access
Litter Management 80 litter freshened as needed, removed after each flock
Natural Light 80 some natural light via windows
Outdoor Space per Bird 20 2 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 70 one door for every 1,000 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 60 shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 confined seasonally
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed houses with non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 90 composted and shared/sold to neighbor farmer who grows grain for them
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 70 beak trimming within first 10 days
Laying Hen Lifespan 60 avg 80-85 weeks old is policy
Use of Spent Hens 70 processed on farm for fertilizer
Death Loss Rate 80 under 5%
Pullets 80 raises own pullets from chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 20 20 weeks old
Feed Produced on Farm 80 some grain is produced on farms along with pasture
US Grown Feed 100 all domestically grown feed
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1885
THREE EGGS (Very Good)