Farmers Hen House

Farm/Brand HeadquartersKalona, IA
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score2005

They write: “FARMERS HEN HOUSE is family owned and has been operated by the Miller family since 2000. We manage small, family farms – most within 30 miles of our processing facility. Almost all are owned by Amish and Mennonite farmers. Their businesses are family affairs and many harvest their eggs by hand.Farmers Hen House is proud of the way our hens are raised. Our organic free-range and pasture-raised organic hens are free range. In addition to having cage-less, open barns, our hens flow between the indoors and the outdoors. When outside, hens roam grassy pens with plenty of room to be chickens! Organic Free-Range hens are guaranteed 2 sq. ft./bird while outdoors, and, for our Pasture-Raised organic hens, they are guaranteed 108 sq. ft./bird when outdoors. Never confined: Our hens are never confined or placed in cages. Our barns have perches, privacy nests, dust bathing and scratching areas. Certified humane raised and handled farms. Animal welfare is of upmost concern and we certify our farms annually with the Humane Farm Animal Care program. Along with annual inspections, Farmers Hen House maintains a compliance officer to ensure our farmers are on track with the USDA organic certification program and the Certified Humane program. Handled by environmentally responsible farmers. Raising organic hens begins with a commitment to organic farming. Organic agriculture results in healthy, chemical-free soil. Many farms in our area are passed down from generation to generation and it is rewarding to support and maintain family farming practices and not support factory farms. Pasture-Raised organic hens have more land designated as outdoor access in order to provide additional square footage per bird. Good for the bird, good for the land, and great for you! 108 sq. ft./bird!Fed a 100 percent organic non-GMO diet. In fact, many of our farmers grow the grains right on their own farms. No genetic engineering! Our chicks are born and raised organic. Our farmers do not plant bioengineered seeds!”

TOTAL (possible score is 2600) 2005
4-Egg Rating | Excellent
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 business that contracts with Amish family farms for egg supply
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
60flocks average 7,000 in size
Single henhouses receive the most points.
Single or Double Henhouses
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
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
80company markets organic and cage-free; farms do either one or the other but not both
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
801.5 sq ft/henÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
80perches, dust baths, scratching areas but not year round outdoor access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
80litter freshened as needed, removed after each flock
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
90curtain sides allow abundant natural light
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
60minimum of 2 up to 8 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
70one door for every 1,000 birds
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
80water, 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
70confined seasonally
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
60fixed houses 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
100manure recycled 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
70beak trimming within first 10 days
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
40hens live 60-70 weeks
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, eggs
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
100under 3% annually
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
70some raise own chicks, other purchase ready-to-lay pullets from local farmers
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
2020 weeks old
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
80some grain is produced on farms along with pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
60actively work to secure domestically grown feed
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
70missing addresses of producers