Nest Fresh Eggs

Farm/Brand HeadquartersDenver, CO
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score485

Brands with this rating are generally produced on industrial-scale operations that grant no meaningful outdoor access. This brand lacks transparency with both Cornucopia’s investigators and the public at large. While “greenwashing” and “humanewashing” may occur in the brand’s marketing, the information they provide is often misleading.

No producers in this category were willing to participate in Cornucopia’s research and reliable information was difficult for our investigators to find. In general, industrial-organic brands prefer to keep their practices in the dark.

If you are a customer of this brand, we encourage you contact the brand owners and ask them to participate fully in Cornucopia’s research. We always want the most accurate and up-to-date information on our scorecards, and consumers play an important role by demanding transparency from their food suppliers.

TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 485
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
25Contract model, unknown relationship with suppliers
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
25Supplier brand sells both organic and conventional; unknown if production is split or on same property
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
50Certified Humane (pasture and free range)
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
75Less than 10,000 birds per flock
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
0Brand standard may allow aviary system, fixed houses with unknown exiting requirements
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
50Minimum of 1.5 square feet in litter housing and 1.2 square feet in aviary systems for Certified Humane
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
25Unknown, but meets minimum for Certified Humane
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
40Outdoor quality may vary greatly, but outdoor access appears to be legitimate (no porches)
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
0Unknown timing
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
25Enrichments not know, but outdoor access meets minimum for legitimacy
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
70Beaks can be trimmed before 10 days of age, but forced molting and de-beaking is prohibited
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
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
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
25Some farms have confirmed decent environmental impact while others may not, investigators unable to confirm
Feed Sourcing25Feed is non-GMO, unknown if domestic
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
50Some animal welfare assurances from 3rd party add on labels
Cornucopia believes you have a right to transparency. Top brands share information with Cornucopia via a survey and cooperate with our own independent investigations.
0Refused to participate in investigation
Brands do not receive points, but this information is offered for people with soy and/or gluten allergies.
Soy free and/or gluten free?
Some eggs are soy free (check packaging)
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)
Unknown at contract farm level
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit