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Brand Name The Happy Egg Company
Rating (3)    
Company by Noble Food Inc.
Location San Francisco, CA
Market Area Nationwide
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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...

This highly rated brand of organic eggs participated in the Organic Egg Scorecard project by answering questions about their production practices. Details about their egg production practices can be found in the table below. We also encourage all highly rated egg brands to send us a brief description of their farm or company and up to two graphic images (normally one of their logo) to post on this webpage. This farm/company has not sent us their materials; if you are one of their customers, and would like to know more about their background, please contact them and encourage them to forward their information to Cornucopia.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 60 Private company based in UK with US division
Average Flock Size 60 4,000
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 60 Humane Farm Animal Care, American Humane Approved
Organic Certifier 100 NICS
Commitment to Organics 80 Markets conventional and organic, produced at separate locations
Indoor Space per Bird 50 1.2 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 90 perches, some litter, access to outdoors
Litter Management 0 unclear answer
Natural Light 100 outdoor access
Outdoor Space per Bird 70 21.8 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 70 one door for every 600 birds, 6 x 1.5 ft
Outdoor Enrichments 60 shade trees, perches, and sand pits
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 confined during times of extreme temperature
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed houses with non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 80 manure recycled on the farm, sold to neighboring farms
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 80 tipped on day one of life
Laying Hen Lifespan 60 1.5 years
Use of Spent Hens 50 sold for slaughter
Death Loss Rate 80 under 5%
Pullets 80 raises own pullets from chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 20 22 weeks old
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced but hens have access to pasture
US Grown Feed 70 try to find domestic sources where possible
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 no more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 60 no photos, one unclear answer
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1850
THREE EGGS (Very Good)