Burroughs Family Farm

Total Score2365

They write: “There is no better place in California to be an egg-laying chicken than the green pastures of Burroughs Family Farms. Heriberto, Benina, Mariana and Ward Montes are raising a pasture full of certified-organic, grass-eating, bug-hunting, sunshine-loving laying hens and 885 acres of almonds and olives, all organic or in transition. Heriberto handles the day-to-day work with the birds and Benina manages the administrative and design work involved in keeping the business going. Mariana, Ward and Juliana 4, 2 and 2 months take care of keeping them both busy. [Their] birds are raised and rotated on pasture with mobile hen houses with fresh air and plenty of exercise. You can be assured that [the] eggs are nutrient dense in vitamins A & D, so vital for our body systems to perform at peak performance. There is nothing as tasty as an organic, grass based, fresh egg – we hope you enjoy them as much as our family does!”

Ownership Structure100
Average Flock Size100
Single or Double Henhouses100
Other Certifications (bonus points)
Organic Certifier75
Commitment to Organics100
Indoor Space per Bird100
Indoor Enrichments100
Litter Management100
Natural Light100
Outdoor Space per Bird100
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors100
Outdoor Enrichments100
Outdoor Space Exemptions100
Outdoor Management System100
Manure Handling System100
Forced Molting100
Beak Trimming100
Laying Hen Lifespan80
Use of Spent Hens100
Death Loss Rate80
Pullet Access to Outdoors60
Feed Produced on Farm50
US Grown Feed70
Soy in FeedYes
Synthetic Amino Acids70
Disclosure Rate100