Alderfer Eggs

Rating
CompanyAlderfer Eggs
Outdoor AccessStandard USDA Protocol
Market AreaEast Coast
LocationTelford, PA
Market Area DetailEast Coast
Websitewww.alderfereggs.com
Total Score1815

Alderfer Poultry Farm is a 5th generation family farm overlooking the peaceful, rolling hills of Southeastern, Pennsylvania. In 1998 our family decided to make a healthy change, both for our customers and our hens, by removing cages from our hen houses and transitioning our farm to Certified Organic. Today we have our chickens, feed mill, and land Certified Organic. In recent years, Alderfer’s has been able to grow beyond our home farm by partnering with additional family farms in Southeast and Central PA. One of our goals is to empower other family farms to be sustainable for future generations. However, despite our growth, we continue to strive to remain personable with our customers. As organic, family farmers we recognize the impact our farming techniques have on both the hens and the land and we remain committed to our responsibility as good stewards of these resources.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1815
3-Egg Rating | Very Good
Family farms and farmer cooperatives that market their own eggs receive the most points. Corporations that do not produce any eggs receive the fewest points.
Ownership Structure
70family farm
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
205,000 to 25,000
Single henhouses receive the most points.
Single or Double Henhouses
100single
Animal Welfare Approved and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Certifications (bonus points)
30some barns certified humane
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
85PCO
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
80home farm 100% organic; partners with other farms for conventional
More than 1.8 square feet per bird receives the most points, less than 1.2 square feet receives the fewest.
Indoor Space per Bird
501.2 sq ft/henÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100perches, dust baths, scratching areas
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
80Freshened as needed
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
8040-90% natural light
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
10.2 to 1.2 sq ft/bird
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
408-12 per house, 1 ft x 2 ft
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
60shade
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
70outdoor access seasonal
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
20fixed housing, non-rotated, some houses have access to pasture
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
90manure recycled on the farm, sold to neighboring famrs
Farms that never force molting receive the most points.
Forced Molting
100no forced molting
Farms that never trim or tip beaks receive the most points.
Beak Trimming
70trimming prior to 10 days
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
601.5 years
Farms where spent hens die a natural death, are sold for meat, or are processed and sold for human consumption, receive the most points.
Use of Spent Hens
100sold live for food
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
605-7%
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80raises own pullets
Farms that allow pullets access to the outdoors within the first 6 weeks of life, or within 6-10 weeks, receive the most points.
Pullet Access to Outdoors
40move to layer barns at 17 weeks
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
80some grain produced on farm
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70aim to use grain grown on farm or buy domestically
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
Yessoy in feed ration
Farms that do not feed synthetic amino acids receive the most points.
Synthetic Amino Acids
70No more than 2 lbs per ton
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure Rate
100full disclosure