Skagit River Ranch

Rating
CompanySkagit River Ranch
Outdoor AccessTruly Pastured
Market AreaWA
LocationSedro Woolley, WA
Market Area DetailNW Washington State
Websitewww.skagitriverranch.com
Total Score2450

Unlike so-called free-range chickens that are raised in confinement, our laying hens really live on pasture and eat grass, insects and organic grains as they roam in the green fields all day long. Our eggs sell so quickly at farmer’s markets that our customers stand in line for 15 minutes before the opening bell rings. They are that good!

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2450
5-Egg Rating | Top Rated
Family farms and farmer cooperatives that market their own eggs receive the most points. Corporations that do not produce any eggs receive the fewest points.
Ownership Structure
100family farm, produce 100% of eggs
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
100under 500 birds
Single henhouses receive the most points.
Single or Double Henhouses
100single
Animal Welfare Approved and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Certifications (bonus points)
none
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100WSDA
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
100100% organic
More than 1.8 square feet per bird receives the most points, less than 1.2 square feet receives the fewest.
Indoor Space per Bird
1004-5 sq ft/hen
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100perches, dust baths, scratching, and pasture access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100year-round pasture access
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100ÊBirds have ample access to the outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
100155 sq ft/henÊ
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
100birds kept on rotated pasture in mobile housing
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
100feed, water, shade
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
100outdoor access year-roundÊ
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
80rotated pasture with mobile housing, moved every 2-3 months
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100manure is spread out by birds through rotations
Farms that never force molting receive the most points.
Forced Molting
100no forced molting
Farms that never trim or tip beaks receive the most points.
Beak Trimming
100no beak trimming
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
100avg 3Êyears old
Farms where spent hens die a natural death, are sold for meat, or are processed and sold for human consumption, receive the most points.
Use of Spent Hens
100processed by owners as stewing hens
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
40around 8%
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80raise up from day old chicks
Farms that allow pullets access to the outdoors within the first 6 weeks of life, or within 6-10 weeks, receive the most points.
Pullet Access to Outdoors
1004-6 weeks
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
80all grain milled on farm in addition to pasture access
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
100buy all grain directly from local farms
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
Yessoy in feed ration
Farms that do not feed synthetic amino acids receive the most points.
Synthetic Amino Acids
100No synthetic methionine, use fishmeal instead
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure Rate
70no photo set