Alexandre Kids

Rating
CompanyAlexandre EcoDairy
Outdoor AccessTruly Pastured
Market AreaCA
LocationCrescent City, CA
Market Area DetailWhole Foods, Costco, Independent Grocers in Northern CA
Websitewww.ecodairyfarms.com
Total Score2375

We, the Alexandre kids, start with day old baby chicks that we hand raise in one of our family dairy barns for the first two months, and then all of the chickens are on organic pastures under the watchful eyes of dairy cows. We have three breeds: New Hampshire Reds, Rhode Island Reds, and Black Australorps. Roosters are kept with the laying hens to ensure desirable fertilized eggs.

The chickens graze on green, lush organic grass and have room to roam in the fresh coastal air and sunshine. Our chickens eat certified organic feeds; irrigated dairy pastures consisting of 50 to 100 variety of plant species ranging from grasses, forbs, herbs and clovers; oyster shell, with limited daily feeding of mixture of organic grains and minerals. We never add any chemicals, hormones or antibiotics. The chicken coops, which provide a portable home with nesting boxes, are moved every few days at dusk when the chickens move in to roost for the night. The chicken coops are moved a couple of times per week around the pastures so that the pasture gets desired fertilizer while not allowing an area to get overgrazed or get too much manure on it. Everyday our chickens choose to go outside and forage on grass and bugs. It is common to see chickens intermingled with grazing cows. Fences are generally not used at all. We keep a Great Pyrenees guard dog at each mobile coop to protect the chickens from predators.

All of this produces the highest quality and best tasting eggs. So while the chickens may have it great, you’ll have it even better when you see and taste the delicious, nutritious, farm-fresh organic eggs from Alexandre Kid’s pastured poultry.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2375
5-Egg Rating | Top Rated
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
100family farm, produces all of own eggs
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
80flocks average 1,767
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)
40GAP rates, Certified non-GMO
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
85CCOF
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
100100% organic farm
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
100full outdoor access for the birds
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100perches and year round pasture access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100year round pasture access
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100year round pasture access, all natural light
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
10017 acres per coop
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
80one door for every 250-500 hens
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
100feed, water, shade
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
100outdoor access year-round
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
95mobile coops moved twice a week
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100manure recycled on the farm
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
90typically don't trim, but purchased some pullets that had been trimmed
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
100hens die a natural death
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
100die a natural death on farm
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
2020-25% over life of flock
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80usually raises own pullets from chicks
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
6012-16 weeks of age
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
75hens are given milk from farm in addition to pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
100all US grown feed purchased from Grange Co-op
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 synthetic methionine used per ton
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure Rate
100full disclosure