Pete and Gerry’s

Total Score1915

Pete and Gerry’s is an example of a large-scale producer that is moving away from the industrial model of egg production, committed instead to increasing both indoor and outdoor access for its birds. At its New Hampshire location, the company has attached winter gardens (like a screened-in porch for chickens) to all its organic buildings, and increased vegetated outdoor space as well.

They write: Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs is a family owned and operated farm and processor of organic eggs, located in Northern New Hampshire, near the White Mountain National Forest. Pete and Gerry’s was the first egg farm in the country to be recognized by Humane Farm Animal Care’s Certified Humane program. Along with producing eggs at the family farm in Monroe, NH, Pete and Gerry’s has been able to grow by partnering with nearly 20 other family farms throughout the Northeast. Pete and Gerry’s is also actively pursuing and supporting new partnerships with local New England based farmers who would like to produce eggs with us.

Ownership Structure70
Average Flock Size40
Single or Double Henhouses100
Other Certifications (bonus points)60
Organic Certifier85
Commitment to Organics80
Indoor Space per Bird50
Indoor Enrichments80
Litter Management80
Natural Light80
Outdoor Space per Bird40
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors40
Outdoor Enrichments80
Outdoor Space Exemptions70
Outdoor Management System60
Manure Handling System80
Forced Molting100
Beak Trimming70
Laying Hen Lifespan60
Use of Spent Hens100
Death Loss Rate100
Pullet Access to Outdoors40
Feed Produced on Farm50
US Grown Feed70
Soy in FeedYes
Synthetic Amino Acids70
Disclosure Rate100