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Brand Name Bee Heaven/Rachel's Eggs
Rating (5)    
Company by Bee Heaven Farm
Location Homestead, Florida
Market Area South Florida
Web Site http://beeheavenfarm.com/
BeeHeaven
 

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…


Our happy hens eat soy-free, certified organic feed, harvest gleanings from the farm, and they're pastured in our tropical fruit grove in their chicken tractors. Wait....... their WHAT??? What's a chicken tractor? It's a bottomless, moveable pen, which provides shelter from the rain, roosting poles, nest boxes and protection from predators. We move them every few days to new grass, giving the hens regular access to fresh pasture, bugs, weeds and seeds. They, in turn, reduce the insect and weed population and fertilize the soil as they go along. We love it and so do the girls! Our farm has been certified organic since 1997. Our first laying flock began producing in November 2004. Every year we add some new chicks and cull our roosters and older hens. Our assortment of heritage breeds ensures that every pack of our eggs includes a rainbow of brown, white, green, blue and speckled eggs, in nearly every size imaginable (we eat the really teeny ones, and the occasional ones that are so big they’d get crushed in the egg carton).


Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm, produces all of own eggs
Average Flock Size 100 flocks under 500
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points)
None
Organic Certifier 85 Quality Certification Services
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic farm
Indoor Space per Bird 100 more than 3 sq ft/hen
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches and year round outdoor access
Litter Management 100 year round pasture access, no litter
Natural Light 100 ample access to the outdoors, lots of natural light
Outdoor Space per Bird 100 more than 700 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 mobile coops, always outdoors
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 outdoor access year-round
Outdoor Management System 95 mobile coops moved 2+ times a week
Manure Handling System 100 manure recycled on the farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 2-3 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 processed on farm
Death Loss Rate 60 between 5-10%
Pullets 90 raise up chicks, hatch some chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 5 weeks old
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm but year round access to pasture
US Grown Feed 70 feed is local when available
Soy in Feed No  no soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs synthetic methionine used per ton
Disclosure Rate 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2400
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)