Sauder’s Quality Eggs

Farm/Brand HeadquartersLititz, PA
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1020
TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 1020
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
50Contract-based production with a good reputation, but only one in-person inspection of farms and their hens yearly
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
75Brand sells both conventional and organic eggs
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
50Certified Humane (free range)
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
55Varies widely among contract farmers, from approximately 6-47,000
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
50Fixed (non-aviary) housing, exit areas vary, only have natural light when doors are open
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
80Minimum 1.5 square feet
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
652 square feet per bird
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
40Birds have legitimate outdoor access but outdoors are not rotated, no vegetation requirements but brand encourages birds to utilize outdoor space
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
40Between 18-25 weeks
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
70Enrichments required indoors but not outdoors
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
60Beaks likely tipped at hatchery; forced molting not allowed
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
50Brand does not dictate how contract farmers source their hens
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
70Below 10% average; hens sold live or composted on-farm
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
25No brand requirements to sustain the local environment, up to contract farmers
Feed Sourcing40Varies by contract farmer; contact farmers may source locally, use commercial mixes, or grow some of their own feed
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 welfare benchmark
Cornucopia believes you have a right to transparency. Top brands share information with Cornucopia via a survey and cooperate with our own independent investigations.
100Excellent 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 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
25Supplied detailed information about all their organic suppliers