Turtle Ledge Farm

Rating
CompanyTurtle Ledge Farm
Outdoor AccessEnhanced Outdoor Access
Market AreaCT
LocationHampton, CT
Market Area DetailConnecticut
Total Score2265

Most of our egg sales are to our list of customers with whom we communicate via email. Some are subscribers who pick up a dozen eggs each week at the farm on a specified day. Others order eggs for pickup sporadically, and take their chances on availability. When we have extra eggs, we sell them to the Willimantic Food Co-op, where they are made available to the public. We do not ship eggs to other locations. Our goal has always been to give our hens an environment that is as close to ideal as possible. They have a comfortable coop, with constant access to a large run, excellent organic feed and daily treats from our own farm. In addition, they receive about one hour of “recess” each evening, when they have access to organically maintained pasture and (especially important) wooded areas. The things they find to eat do wonders for the eggs. We could sell many more eggs than we do, but if we kept more hens it could become difficult to maintain the quality of their lives and the quality of the product, so we intentionally stay small. In fact, our entire farming operation is for the purpose of making people aware of the fact that food can and should be of a much higher quality than what they’ve become accustomed to, and to encourage changes in consumer expectations and, as a result, changes in agricultural practices. Thus our emphasis is on diversity, quality, and sustainability rather than on sales and profit. We like to work with customers who are committed to getting a substantial percentage of their food from local, responsible organic producers like us. We handle all communications via email and can be contacted at [email protected]

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2265
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)
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100Baystate Organic Certifiers
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
1003.4 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
100litter freshened every 3-4 weeks plus year-round pasture access
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100Birds 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
7033 sq ft/hen
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
100more than one door per 75 birds
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
60shade
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
90outdoor access year-round Êexcept during inclement weather
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
70fixed housing with rotated pasture
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100manure composted and used on farm
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
80avg 2.25 years
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
20composted on farm
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
80around 5%
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
1004-5 weeks old
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
75organic veggies produced on farm in addition to pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70actively work to secure US grown feed but can't be 100% certain
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
70no more than 2 lbs per ton
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure Rate
100full disclosure