Milo’s Organic

Rating
CompanyMilo's Poultry Farms
Outdoor AccessStandard USDA Protocol
Market AreaWI, IL
LocationBonduel, WI
Market Area DetailWisconsin and Illinois
Total Score1910

I want to tell you about our organic eggs. Here at Milo’s Poultry Farms, I have chickens that roam on our organic farms in Northeast Wisconsin. I now have birds on other family farms besides my own due to customer demand, but I own the birds and supply the feed, so I have control over egg quality and also see to it that they have access to the outdoors and green grass as much as the seasons and the weather permit. All of my hens are fed the same, so the color of the shell has nothing to do with the quality inside. My chickens are fed an all vegetarian diet which includes vitamins, minerals, herbs, and a high source of Omega-3 fatty acids from flax seed. Whenever the garden and flower beds are not in production, they have a run of the farm; otherwise I rotate them between different pens to keep them picking through the fresh grass.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1910
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 with contracts with other farmers
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
802,214 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)
0none
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100International Certification Services
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%
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
1001.75-2 sq ft/henÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
80some enrichments
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
60litter freshened once or twice a year
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
80some natural light via windows
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
403.5-4.5sq 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
80one door per 251-500 birds
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
60shade
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 or daily with regulated hours of outdoor access
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
65fixed house with minimal rotation
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
60give away manure, don't use on own land
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
50pullets come trimmed, no standard policy
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
601.5 years
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
100sell some live, butcher some
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
100less than 2%
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
40company purchases ready-to-lay pullets from outside source
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 is produced on farm but birds acquire some of their dietary needs from pasture/vegetation
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70We actively work to secure US grown feed but can't be 100% 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
85photo set in progress