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Brand Name Carol's
Rating (3)    
Company by Pete and Gerry's
Location Monroe, NH
Market Area Northeast
Web Site http://carolseggs.com/
Carols
 

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...


On small New England family farms, from green-up in spring through autumn, our pasture-raised hens spend their days with plenty of seasonal, green grass to roam in, sunshine, and a cozy barn to sleep in at night. Providing chickens with enough seasonal pasture to thrive takes a lot of space, because they have to be moved from pasture to pasture regularly, to let the grass grow back. But the effort and cost is worth it for those that appreciate a truly amazing egg. Our hens enjoy wholesome certified organic feed that’s free of GMOs and pesticides, and pure, fresh water whenever they want it. They never receive hormones or antibiotics. Every time our hens go out to pasture, they boost their diet with nutritious foods they crave—like native grasses, seeds, insects and grubs. When you taste our delicious pasture-raised eggs, you’re getting a taste that could only come from our New England landscape. Each farm’s setting is a little different and the pasture changes with the seasons. That gives our eggs a distinct character and flavor that links them to the land they come from. You’ll love the taste!


Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 70 family owned, produces own eggs, plans to buy from other farmers
Average Flock Size 60 2,000-5,000 bird flock
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 60 Certified Humane
Organic Certifier 85 New Hampshire Dept. of Ag,
Commitment to Organics 80 markets both organic & cage free
Indoor Space per Bird 100 avg 2-5 sq ft/hen
Indoor Enrichments 80 perches, dust baths, scratching areas, not year-round pasture access
Litter Management 80  litter freshened often but not year-round pasture acces
Natural Light 80 some natural light via windows
Outdoor Space per Bird 40 108 sq ft per bird minimum
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors Incomplete/no answer
Outdoor Enrichments 80 shade, water outdoors
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 confined seasonally in winter
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed house with non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 80  sell most of manure off farm/td>
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 70 beaks have to be trimmed in first 10 days of life
Laying Hen Lifespan 60 76 week average
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food
Death Loss Rate 90 2-4%
Pullets 80 raises own pullets
Pullet Access to Outdoors 20 around 23 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 50 No feed is produced on farm but birds acquire some of their dietary needs from pasture/vegetation
US Grown Feed 70 We actively work to secure US grown feed but can't be 100% certain
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 70 No photos
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1915
THREE EGGS (Very Good)