Bee Heaven/Rachel’s Eggs

Rating
CompanyBee Heaven Farm
Outdoor AccessTruly Pastured
Market AreaFL
LocationHomestead, FL
Market Area DetailSouth Florida
Websitewww.beeheavenfarm.com
Total Score2400

Our happy hens eat soy-free, certified organic feed, harvest gleanings from the farm, and they’re pastured in our tropical fruit grove in their chicken tractors. Wait……. their WHAT??? What’s a chicken tractor? It’s a bottomless, moveable pen, which provides shelter from the rain, roosting poles, nest boxes and protection from predators. We move them every few days to new grass, giving the hens regular access to fresh pasture, bugs, weeds and seeds. They, in turn, reduce the insect and weed population and fertilize the soil as they go along. We love it and so do the girls! Our farm has been certified organic since 1997. Our first laying flock began producing in November 2004. Every year we add some new chicks and cull our roosters and older hens. Our assortment of heritage breeds ensures that every pack of our eggs includes a rainbow of brown, white, green, blue and speckled eggs, in nearly every size imaginable (we eat the really teeny ones, and the occasional ones that are so big they’d get crushed in the egg carton).

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2400
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
100flocks under 500
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)
None
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
85Quality Certification Services
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
100more than 3 sq ft/hen
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100perches and year round outdoor access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100year round pasture access, no litter
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100ample access to the outdoors, lots of natural light
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
100more than 700 sq ft/hen
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
100mobile coops, always outdoors
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 2+ times 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
100no beak trimming
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
802-3 years old
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
100processed on farm
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
60between 5-10%
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
90raise up chicks, hatch some 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
1005 weeks old
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
50no feed produced on farm but year round access to pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70feed is local when available
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
NoÊno soy 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