Helpful Hens Pastured (Egg Innovations)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersWarsaw, IN
Websitehttps://egginnovations.com/
Market AreaMidwest
Total Score1255

Family owned and operated, Egg Innovations produces Free Range and Pasture Raised organic, non-GMO and conventionally fed eggs under the Egg Innovations brand.

They say: “Every detail matters in producing consistently great eggs, that’s why we provide all of our partner farmers with barn plans, animal husbandry training, birds, feed, and support. Certified Humane by third parties, our birds really are free to roam inside and out, enjoying green grass, sunshine and fresh air as good weather permits.”

You can find these eggs in different groceries (possibly including Walmart).

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 1255
4-egg
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
75Multiple farms supply this brand, which is family owned and operated
Brands that only produce organic products make the biggest investments — in time and money — in systems that benefit us all. Eggs sourced from a single operation receive the most points. Eggs of unclear origins and/or with poor oversight receives the fewest points.
Commitment to Organic Label
80Brands markets primarily organic eggs, but produces both organic & conventional eggs, but the sources only supply either conventional or organic eggs
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
60American Humane Certified (AHC); Non-GMO Project Verified, CA SEFS Compliant, Certified by Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), United Egg Producers(UEP), Whole Foods Market verified
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
45The majority of suppliers have flock of 20k birds, with one supplier over 20k birds
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
60Fixed housing barns; a small number of suppliers use aviary barns; large number of popholes that are big enough to encourage hens exiting (both sides of barn)
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
201.2 square feet allotted per hen
High scoring brands provide enough space to allow each hen to fully utilize their outdoor area, and to perform instinctive behaviors without harming the environment.
Outdoor Spacing
100108 square feet brand standard per hen (total over lifetime as layer)
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
85Access to lush green pastures enriched with multi-tiered vegetation including natural grass, shrubs, trees and pollinators to encourage carbon sequestration. All pastures have 95% vegetation with natural ground cover.
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
60Typical age is 18 weeks
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
Enrichments
100Enrichments provided indoors and outdoors, in addition to outdoor vegetation
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
Alterations
70Hens are beak-tipped; induced molting is not allowed
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
75Brand supplies organic pullets to it's contractors, which are organic prior to the second day of life
Brands that have low rates of deaths and utilize their spent hens for human consumption or similar score the highest.
Deaths, Culls, and Spent Hens
90Death rate below 5%; spent hens are sold live for food
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
80Higher brand standard for their pastured eggs, but outdoor area isn't rotated
Feed Sourcing75Owns feed mill with locally sourced feed; purity of grain is determined at the mill before it is received
Brands that score well here go above and beyond to ensure the highest animal welfare, taking into consideration their hens’ safety and cleanliness, natural behavior, and stress levels.
Animal Welfare
80Excellent animal welfare benchmark
Cornucopia believes you have a right to transparency. Top brands share information with Cornucopia via a survey and cooperate with our own independent investigations.
Transparency
100Full and open transparency
Brands do not receive points, but this information is offered for people with soy and/or gluten allergies.
Soy free and/or gluten free?
Gluten but not soy free
Brands do not receive points, but are invited to submit the name of their Accredited Organic Certifier (suppliers may have different certifiers).
Organic Certifier (non-scoring)
QCS (Quality Certification Services) and OnMark Certification Services
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit
0None