Giving Nature

Rating
CompanyGiving Nature
Outdoor AccessStandard USDA Protocol
Market AreaMid-Atlantic
LocationHolicong, PA
Market Area DetailMid-Atlantic Region
Websitewww.givingnaturefoods.com
Total Score1945

For over 20 years, Giving Nature has worked with the Central Pennsylvania Farming Community to nurture and create markets for sustainable agriculture. One of the first to bring Certified Organic eggs to our local Mid Atlantic market, Giving Nature’s new initiative is to help create greater public awareness of agricultural activities impact on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Most importantly, farming activities that produce animal derived foods like eggs. Watch our website for updates!

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1945
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
60Private corporation that contracts with outside farmers
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
4017,400 hen flocks
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
85PCO
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 conventional 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
501.2 sq ft/henÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
80perches, scratch areas, outdoor access most of the time
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
80litter freshened often
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
80some natural light
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
402-5 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 500-1,000 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 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
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
60average 1.5 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 for food, eggs
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
80average 2-5% annually
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80farms raise 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
60average 14 weeks old
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
50grow a little alfalfa as treat for chickens, also provide pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70try to procure all domestic fed but can't be 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
70not a complete photo set