Carol’s

Rating
CompanyPete and Gerry's
Outdoor AccessStandard USDA Protocol
Market AreaNortheast
LocationMonroe, NH
Market Area DetailNortheast
Websitewww.carolseggs.com
Total Score1905

On small New England family farms, from green-up in spring through autumn, our pasture-raised hens spend their days with plenty of seasonal, green grass to roam in, sunshine, and a cozy barn to sleep in at night. Providing chickens with enough seasonal pasture to thrive takes a lot of space, because they have to be moved from pasture to pasture regularly, to let the grass grow back. But the effort and cost is worth it for those that appreciate a truly amazing egg. Our hens enjoy wholesome certified organic feed that’s free of GMOs and pesticides, and pure, fresh water whenever they want it. They never receive hormones or antibiotics. Every time our hens go out to pasture, they boost their diet with nutritious foods they crave, like native grasses, seeds, insects and grubs. When you taste our delicious pasture-raised eggs, you’re getting a taste that could only come from our New England landscape. Each farm’s setting is a little different and the pasture changes with the seasons. That gives our eggs a distinct character and flavor that links them to the land they come from. You’ll love the taste!

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1905
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 owned, produces own eggs, plans to buy from other farmers
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
602,000-5,000 bird flock
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)
60Certified Humane
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
85New Hampshire Dept. of Ag,
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
80markets both organic& cage free
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
100avg 2-5 sq ft/hen
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
80perches, dust baths, scratching areas, not year-round pasture access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
80Êlitter freshened often but not year-round pasture acces
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
80some natural light via windows
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
40108 sq ft per bird minimum
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
Incomplete/no answer
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
80shade, water outdoors
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
70confined seasonally in winter
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
60fixed house with non-rotated pasture
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
80Êsell most of manure off farm/td>
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
70beaks have to be trimmed in first 10 days of life
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
6076 week average
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
902-4%
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
20around 23 weeks
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
50No feed is produced on farm but birds acquire some of their dietary needs from pasture/vegetation
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70We actively work to secure US grown feed but can't be 100% certain
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
70No photos