Common Good Farm

Rating
CompanyCommon Good Farm
Outdoor AccessTruly Pastured
Market AreaNE
LocationRaymond, NE
Market Area DetailLincoln, NE Region
Websitewww.commongoodfarm.com
Total Score2480

Our fabulous brown eggs are from chickens pastured on our certified Biodynamic pastures. We grind our own organic custom mix of chicken ration to supplement their diet of bugs & grass & scraps from our own vegetable production. We procure the organic grains from other Nebraska farmers that certify organic. We sell our eggs direct on-farm year-round, as well as through Open Harvest in Lincoln. We are at Old Cheney Farmer’s Market in Lincoln from late April through earliest July. Certified organic eggs means they receive no antibiotics, hormones or GMO grains. We rotate the chicken houses throughout our pastures in moveable houses with portable fencing to protect them from wild animals & neighborhood dogs, as well as protect the produce from the chickens. They are an important part of our pest control management strategy (chickens love grasshoppers, especially!) & forage makes up about 30 percent of their diet. We pack our eggs nest run — this means mixed sizes in a carton. Carton weight total runs from medium (minimally) usually hedging towards large. The chickens are an important part of our farm rotation, providing pest control, increasing fertility, working in a balance with the produce, cattle & hogs.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2480
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-owned LLC
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
100under 500 birds
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)
50farm is certified Biodynamic (but not the eggs)
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100Stellar 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
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
1002 sq ft/henÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100perches, dust baths, litter, pasture
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
80refreshed as needed, cleaned two times per year
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100windows along whole length of house, outdoor access
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
7030-32 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
100at least one door per 75 birds
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
90year-round access except during most extreme weather
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
80mobile houses moved 1-2 times monthly
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100manure composted and used on 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
802.5 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
100sold live
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
1003% annually to predators
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80raised 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
1005-6 weeks of age
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
80some grain grown on farm, all feed milled on farm, pasture access
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
100all domestically produced feed, buy whole grain to mill on farm
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
100full disclosure