Happy Egg Co.

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersSan Francisco, CA
Websitehappyegg.co
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1685

Happy Egg Co. is currently the subject of a lawsuit. The Organic Consumers Association is suing Happy Egg Co. for false, deceptive and misleading advertising claims related to the use of the term “pasture raised.” Interested consumers can access the legal complaint to learn more about the allegations.

Cornucopia investigators will renew our investigation into this brand and remain appraised of the legal suit as it progresses to keep consumers up to date. Currently preliminary investigation shows there may be some merit to the complaint, but we are continuing to investigate the allegations.

 

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2600) 1685
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 business
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
4010,000-20,000 bird 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)
40American Humane Approved
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
75QAI
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
50Markets conventional and organic, produced at separate locations
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/hen
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
90Perches, some litter, access to outdoors
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
80Litter freshened as needed
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100Year-round outdoor access
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
30Stated 21.8 sq ft/hen, currently under investigation
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
90one linear foot of door for every 100 birds
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
60Shade trees, perches, and water
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
90Confined during extreme weather
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
0Fixed 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
80Manure recycled on the farm, sold to neighboring farms
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
50Tipped on day one of life
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
501.6 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
70processed on farm for fertilizer
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
80under 5%
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80Raises 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
4015-20 weeks old
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
50No feed produced but hens have access to pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
50Try to find domestic sources where possible
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
0full disclosure during previous investigation; currently seeking clarification