Wilcox Farms

Rating
CompanyWilcox Farms
Outdoor AccessStandard USDA Protocol
Market AreaWestern U.S.
LocationRoy, WA
Market Area DetailWestern U.S.
Websitewww.wilcoxfarms.com
Total Score1885

Wilcox Farms was started by Judson Wilcox in 1909. The 100 year old family farm is 4th generation run and is committed to sustainable and organic farming practices, with a deep commitment to converting to 100% cage free and organic. The care of our animals, employees and land is our upmost priority. Equally important is to build a local feed source for our animals.

Wilcox is currently growing organic crops and building partnerships with local farmers for additional feed sources. Wilcox Farms cares for the environment and has been innovative and conscience in sustainable farming methods by water conservation, organic composting, salmon and wildlife habitat.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1885
3-Egg Rating | Very Good
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
70family owned business, produces majority of own eggs but contracts with a couple other farms
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
40flocks are 11,500-12,500 hens in size
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)
70certified humane, salmon safe, and food alliance certified
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
75Oregon Tilth
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
40split operations with orgnic, cage-free, and conventional eggs on same property
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
501.2 sq ft/henÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
80perches, dust bats, scratching, but not year round outdoor access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
80litter freshened as needed, removed after each flock
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
80some natural light via windows
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
202Êsq 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
70one door for every 1,000 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
70confined seasonally
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
60fixed houses with non-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
90composted and shared/sold to neighbor farmer who grows grain for them
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
70beak trimming within first 10 days
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
60avg 80-85 weeks old is policy
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
70processed on farm for fertilizer
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
80under 5%
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80raises own pullets from 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
2020 weeks old
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
80some grain is produced on farms along with pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
100all domestically grown feed
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