Oliver’s Organic Eggs (Can Am Farms)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersFrankfort, NY
Market AreaEast
Total Score1210

They say: “When you buy Oliver’s Organic Eggs, you support family farms in New York State. Our goal is to provide our customers with fresh, nutritious, great-tasting eggs. We strive to be as self sustainable as possible; we grow and harvest our own grains and fertilize our fields with compost from our barns. For more information about our farming practices, please visit our website: www.oliversorganiceggs.net.”

TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 1210
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
80Family-owned business that produces some of own eggs and buys others from neighboring farmers (one other producer)
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
80Produces both organic and conventional eggs, but separate production and sold under different brand name
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
20Audited for Whole Foods
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
80Around 5000+/- birds per barn
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 large exit doors
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
751.5 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
8570 square feet per hen
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
50Maintains 80% vegetative cover, maintained to prevent over-use; hens out year round except when temperatures are below freezingtion maintained
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
60Around 18 weeks
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
70Some enrichments provided indoors and out along with legitimate outdoor access
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
70Beaks are trimmed at hatchery
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
50Uses organic ready-to-lay 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
80Death rate below 5%; spent hens sold live
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
65Some efforts toward environmental stewardship; manure is composed and spread by birds
Feed Sourcing90Some feed grown on-farm and the rest is locally sourced
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
75Good animal benchmark; does not allow forced molting
Cornucopia believes you have a right to transparency. Top brands share information with Cornucopia via a survey and cooperate with our own independent investigations.
100Full transparency
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 free 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)
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit