Misty Meadows Farm

Rating
CompanyMisty Meadows Farm
Outdoor AccessEnhanced Outdoor Access
Market AreaWA
LocationEverson, WA
Market Area DetailSeattle and Bellingham Regions
Websitewww.mistymeadowsfarm.com
Total Score2320

Misty Meadows Farm is a small family farm wanting to raise the very best food we can for our own table and for our friends and neighbors. We are certified organic and seek in all ways to treat the land and the animals in ways that are respectful, healthy and sustainable. We began in 2005 with three pet hens and now have a flock of over 750 laying hens. Our eggs can be found at locally owned grocery stores and restaurants throughout Bellingham, WA.

All of our poultry are pasture raised. Our birds have continuous access to grass and fresh air. We rotate the birds around our 18 acre property providing a year-round supply of fresh pasture. Our birds have open air coops that protect them from severe weather, but they are never confined. In 2007, our eggs were tested by a nutritional testing lab as part of a nationwide study sponsored by Mother Earth News magazine. Misty Meadows Farm eggs had three times the vitamin E, four times the heart healthy Omega 3s, a third less cholesterol, and a third less saturated fat than eggs from factory farmed birds.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2320
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
100flocks average 400 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)
none
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100WSDA
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 the birds; over 2 sq ft/birdÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100perches, scratching areas, full outdoor 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
100year-round pasture access, plentiful natural light
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
100more than 133 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
100four large doors on each coop
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
70fixed housing with 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
100manure recycled on the farm
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
802-2.5 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 to other producers or used for soup stock on farm
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
2010% or less
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80raise up own pullets
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
808 weeks
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
50no feed produced on farm but access to pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70actively work to secure domestically grown feed but can't be sure
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
Nosoy 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
100full disclosure