Vital Farms

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersAustin, TX
Websitewww.vitalfarms.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score2170
CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2600) 2170
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
80Contract with farmers, close relationship
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
60Flocks no larger than 20k birds
Single henhouses receive the most points.
Single or Double Henhouses
100Single, fixed housing
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)
60Requires other animal welfare certifications
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100Farms have different 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
80Produces both conventional pasture raised and organic pasture raised; organic producers kept separate from non-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
100Full outdoor access
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
80Majority but not all farms have enough perch space
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100Year-round outdoor access, litter kept clean
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 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
8050-150 acres per farm of outdoor rotation space
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
90Large doors allow good access for hens
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
90Shade provided outdoors
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-round
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 outdoor space; some farms utilize silvopasture
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
60Manure handling is different on every 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
80Beaks tipped
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
401.5 years 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
100Dependant on farm; old live for food, eggs
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
406-8% annually
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80Pullets brought in from outside
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
60Around 17 weeks old
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
50No feed produced on farm but birds acquire part of diet from pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
100Confirm organic certificates
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 (for organic birds)
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure Rate
100Good transparency