Niki Farms

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersFresno, CA
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/nikifarmsorganics/
Market AreaCA
Total Score1590

They write: “At Niki Farms we practice organic farming. Our hens are out all day in our organic pasture/mandarin orchard. We are certified 100% organic by CCOF and registered as an egg handler with the State of California. We are ever striving to ensure safe, nutritious food, which you can see for yourself when you come by to pick up your eggs and do a farm tour.”

This farm is certified by the Real Organic Project.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 1590
5-egg
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
100Single farm
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
100Highly committed to organic label
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
100Real Organic Project (ROP)
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
100Small flock sizes under 500 birds per house
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
80Fixed housing, with good exit areas
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
90More than 2 square feet 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
1001400 sq. ft. per hen
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
90Good outdoor access
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
100Chicks placed in protected outdoor area at 1 week
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
Enrichments
80Enrichments are provided, excellent outdoor access
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
Alterations
100None
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
90Purchases and raises chicks into pullets on-farm
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
100Below 2%
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
80Diversified farm, hens have access to orchard
Feed Sourcing80Feed purchased from reputable supplier
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
100Excellent animal welfare
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 participation
Brands do not receive points, but this information is offered for people with soy and/or gluten allergies.
Soy free and/or gluten free?
Not soy or gluten 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)
CCOF
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit
0None