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Brand Name Doolittle Farm
Rating (5)    
Company by Doolittle Farm
Location Shoreham, VT
Market Area Addison and Chittendon County, VT
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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.

Doolittle Farm a small diversified farm in Shoreham, Vermont. Family run, our farm focuses on producing natural pastured and certified organic products. Many of our customers are familiar with our delicious organic eggs produced from our pastured chickens, but we also have pastured Dexter beef and some delicous pork from our pastured, organic grain fed pigs.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm
Average Flock Size 95 400-600 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 0 none
Organic Certifier 100 Vermont Organic Farmers
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 4 sq ft/hen in winter; outdoors in summer
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, full-pasture access
Litter Management 100 year-round pasture access, freshened weekly
Natural Light 100 year-round pasture access
Outdoor Space per Bird 80 87 sq ft in summer, less in winter
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 mobile housing in summer, 4 doors on 2-3 sides in winter
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 outdoor access year-round except during extreme weather
Outdoor Management System 90 mobile housing moved weekly, fixed in winter
Manure Handling System 100 manure composted on-farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 1.5-2 years
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold as pets or as stew birds
Death Loss Rate 80 up to 5%
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 6 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 50 pasture only
US Grown Feed 70 actively seek domestic sources
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 75 no photos, one unclear response, some photos on website
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2360
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)