Alderfer Eggs

Farm/Brand HeadquartersTelford, PA
Market AreaCentral, Southeast
Total Score435

This brand may supply some of Kirkland Signature Organic Brown Eggs.

TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 435
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
70Family business with home farm and contract farmers
Brands that only produce organic products make the biggest investments — in time and money — in systems that benefit us all. Eggs sourced from a single operation receive the most points. Eggs of unclear origins and/or with poor oversight receives the fewest points.
Commitment to Organic Label
25Produces both conventional and organic eggs, unknown if production is split on same properties
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
30Certified Humane (cage free) is the only label this brand may be using; likely only meeting "cage free" requirements
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
20Size varies widely by supplier, up to around 25k
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
25Fixed housing, likely uses aviary housing, outdoor access is non-rotated, only some houses have access to pasture and not all hens can access outdoors easily
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
20Possibly 1.2 square feet per bird, not confirmed
High scoring brands provide enough space to allow each hen to fully utilize their outdoor area, and to perform instinctive behaviors without harming the environment.
Outdoor Spacing
0Likely 0.2 to 1.2 square feet/bird, where outdoor access is required
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
0Not confirmed; outdoor access is provided but it is poorly utilized by the birds
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
20Unknown enrichments indoors and poor outdoor access enrichments
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
0Unknown, alterations are likely; forced molting
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
50Brand purchases chicks to raise into pullets
Brands that have low rates of deaths and utilize their spent hens for human consumption or similar score the highest.
Deaths, Culls, and Spent Hens
25Likely over 5%, hens sold live or
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
25Unknown policies, manure used on farm or sold
Feed Sourcing0Unknown feed sourcing
Brands that score well here go above and beyond to ensure the highest animal welfare, taking into consideration their hens’ safety and cleanliness, natural behavior, and stress levels.
Animal Welfare
75Good animal welfare benchmark
Cornucopia believes you have a right to transparency. Top brands share information with Cornucopia via a survey and cooperate with our own independent investigations.
50Did not participate in recent survey, but some information could be confirmed by previous survey and investigation
Soy free and/or gluten free? (non-scoring)Unknown, check packaging
Brands do not receive points, but are invited to submit the name of their Accredited Organic Certifier (suppliers may have different certifiers).
Organic Certifier (non-scoring)
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit