Wilcox Organic Free Range

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersRoy, WA
Websitehttps://wilcoxfarms.com/
Market AreaWA, OR, CA, CO, MT, ID
Total Score900

For Wilcox’ organic free range eggs the brand standard is to have all doors are open for more than half of daylight hours on a daily basis. Free range birds have outside space anywhere between 2 to 30 square feet per bird depending on the outdoor conditions.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 900
3-egg
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
75Single ownership, but contracts out for some eggs with close relationship to suppliers
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
25Sells both conventional and organic products, with most of its production being conventional and on the same property
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)
60Flock sizes of 15k
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
40Fixed housing with some aviary housing, popholes as required by Certified Humane; legitimate outdoor access
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
301.2 square feet minimum (1.5 square feet in the non-aviary suppliers)
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
202 square feet minimum
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
50Outdoor access is legitimate (no porches), manage for as much vegetation possible but without rotation
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
25As per Certified Humane, possibly over 21 weeks
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
Enrichments
50Enrichments vary per supplier, but there are shade structures and vegetation outdoors, but no food and water outdoors
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
Alterations
50Some supplier flocks are beak trimmed but others are not
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
80Chicks are purchased to raise into pullets; contractors have variety of practices
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
605% and lower death loss; hens are composted
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
75About 75% of production is working toward regenerative practices, but others do bare minimum
Feed Sourcing50Feed is domestic, obtains feed from organic supplier that distributes locally and contract producers just need to show their feed is certified
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
60Some welfare benchmarks confirmed with Certified Humane (Free Range)
Cornucopia believes you have a right to transparency. Top brands share information with Cornucopia via a survey and cooperate with our own independent investigations.
Transparency
100Brand participated fully and was transparent in our investigation
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)
Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit
0None