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Brand Name Happy Chick Farms
Rating (5)    
Company by Happy Chick Farms
Location Lockhart, TX
Market Area Texas
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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 green, such as this one, are providing "Enhanced Outdoor Access" to their birds. Their hens live in housing surrounded by a generous amount of outdoor space which they have access to. We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

Happy Chick Farms We are a family owned and operated Certified Organic Farm. We have been using humane and sustainable practices to provide eggs to the Central Texas area since 2010. We are committed to making the best egg possible and doing our part to provide the local community with a wholesome, fresh product without the over distribution and industrialization that often degrades our food supply. We hand feed the hens, hand gather the eggs, provide all-day outdoor access, and feed a high quality non-GMO diet from Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill in Elgin TX.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm
Average Flock Size 100 under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 100 NICS
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 full outdoor access for birds 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching, pasture access
Litter Management 100 year-round pasture access
Natural Light 100 all natural light
Outdoor Space per Bird 100 108 sq. ft./hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 90 one door per 250 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 outdoor access with regulated hours
Outdoor Management System 70 fixed housing with rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 100 manure is composted on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 2 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 80 5%
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 80 8-10 weeks old
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm but birds acquire some of diet from pasture
US Grown Feed 100 All domestic grain
Soy in Feed Yes
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 100
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2370
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)