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Rating (3)    
Company by Natural Grocers
Location Lakewood, CO
Market Area Western US
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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 privately held with contract farmers
Average Flock Size 40 around 20,000 in each house
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 60 All farms Certified Humane, some also American Humane
Organic Certifier 85 Quality Certification Services
Commitment to Organics 80 split operations, no cages
Indoor Space per Bird 50 1.2 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 80 perches, dust baths, scratching areas
Litter Management 100 Year-round pasture access; litter freshened as needed
Natural Light 100 Year-round pasture access
Outdoor Space per Bird 100 minimum 108.9 sq/ft per bird
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 70 one door per 500-1,000 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 80 shade, water outdoors
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 year-round pasture access; confined during inclement weather
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed houses with non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 80 composted and used on farm or sold
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 80 on first day of life
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 85-90 weeks average
Use of Spent Hens 50 sold to certified humane processors
Death Loss Rate 60 6.5%, mostly due to pecking
Pullets 80 raise up from chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 40 18 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-free eggs also available
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 70 no photos
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1985
THREE EGGS (Very Good)