Kingbird Farm

Rating
CompanyKingbird Farm
Outdoor AccessTruly Pastured
Market AreaNY
LocationBerkshire, NY
Market Area DetailUpstate New York
Websitewww.kingbirdfarm.com
Total Score2485

Kingbird Farm is a model diverse organic family farm in upstate New York with a flock of 300 laying hens on rotated pasture. Their eggs are available year-round at Greenstar Cooperative Market in Ithaca, NY.

They write: We are a diverse small farm located just south of Ithaca New York. We offer a wide variety of organic poultry, meats, vegetables, and herbs that are certified organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC. Our farming methods are based on a belief in the sustainability of diversified, small family farms managed with a respect for the land and the animals we raise on it. Our land has been certified organic for twelve years and we manage our land with crop rotation, cover crops, compost, and rotational grazing.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2485
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
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)
100AWA
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100NOFA-NY
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
1004Êsq ft/birdÊ
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
100new straw put down daily, complete removal annually
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100Birds have ample access to the outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
70average between 5 sq ft in winter, 30 sq ft in summer
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
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
60dust baths, 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
90hens not let out during storms or deep snowÊ
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
90pasture rotated weekly during summer
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100all manure composted and used onsite for crop production
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
802-3 years old when culled
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 to backyard producers or slaugthered for stewing hens
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
805% annual death loss, mostly due to prolapse
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
100breed, hatch, and raise own pullets. Male chicks raised as meat birds
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
100start going outside at 1 week of age
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
75some vegetables, forages,& sprouted grains produced on farm
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70buy from local mill, request local grain
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 synthetic methionine used per ton
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure Rate
100full photo set, full disclosure