Happy Hens Truly Outdoors

Farm/Brand HeadquartersRamona, CA
Market AreaSouthern California
Total Score2560

They write: “Here in the beautiful, rural town of Ramona located in the outer region of San Diego, California is the Happy Hens Egg Ranch. At Happy Hens Truly Outdoors we grow the freshest, tastiest, local, nutrient dense eggs on the market. We uphold a strong commitment to not only provide the best eggs to our local community but also to do it in a way that promotes sustainability as well as provide the best life for our girls.”

“Our Happy Hens truly enjoy a “happy” lifestyle outdoors while having the freedom to express all their natural behaviors. On most picturesque days in Ramona, you can find our girls basking in the sun, taking dust baths, and foraging through our lush pastures for bugs and worms. In addition, they also consume superior Certified Organic Feed and Certified Organic Soy/Corn Free Feed. Our hens live in mobile barns fully equipped with fresh water and lots of perch and nesting space to shelter them from the country night critters. These barns are moved regularly (semi weekly/weekly) to ensure even fertilization of the ground as well as quality pasture for the girls. We also have our loyal day and night crew of Anatolian Shepherds who guard our girls from predators.”

TOTAL (possible score is 2600) 2560
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 farm, produces all of own eggs
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 story mobile housing
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 and Non-GMO Verified
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100A Bee Organic Certifiers
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
100Full outdoor access for birdsÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100Perches, dust baths, scratching, pasture access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100Year-round pasture access
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100Birds are outdoors all day
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
100Over 108 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
100Birds kept on rotated pasture with mobile housing
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
100Outdoor access year-roundÊ
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
90Rotated pasture with mobile housing, moved weekly
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100Manure is spread out by birds through rotations
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 for food, eggs, stew hens at farm store
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
100Less than 1% annually, usually bobcats
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
80Raise up from day old 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
1001 week old
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
80Oats and barley planted in pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
100All US grown feed
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
NoHens consume no soy or corn
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