Kingbird Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersBerkshire, NY
ProductsChicken, duck, soy free
Websitekingbirdfarm.com/
Market AreaNew York, on farm
Total Score1780

They say about their chicken: “Kingbird farm raises a mix of Freedom Ranger and farm-bred broiler chickens on pasture.Our birds are Certified Organic, Animal Welfare Approved, and processed on-farm.Our products are only available directly from us at farmers market or at the Kingbird Farm Store.”

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1800) 1780
5-Bird Rating | Top-Rated
Family Farms and cooperatives receive the most points. Corporations and companies with poor or negligible farm oversight receive the fewest points.
Ownership structure
100Farmstead (owned and operated by farm family)
100% organic brands receive the most points. Split operations receive fewer with increased penalties for poor segregation at the processor and farm level.
Dedication to Organic Production
100100% organic production (brand does not market conventional)
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
100Full and open disclosure
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100NOFA-NY
To receive full points, flocks must number 500 birds or fewer (200 for turkeys).
Flock size
100Small flock sizes for both chickens and ducks.
No more than 1.5 lbs of bird per square foot is required for full points.
Stocking Density
100Stocking density and mobile housing allows for high welfare for each individual bird
Mobile housing receives the highest number of points.
Housing Style
100Mobile chicken hoop housing; breeders are overwintered in fixed barns with outdoor access
Heritage varieties receive the highest number of points.
Strain and/or Breed and Slaughter Age
100Freedom rangers and and farm bred specialty “kingbird” chickens and pekin ducks; spend majority of lives outdoors before slaughter.
Birds must spend 3/4ths or more of their lives outdoors for full points.
Timing for Outdoor Access
100Chickens and ducks spend a majority of their lives with true outdoor access, going outside around 2 weeks of age.
Enrichments include but are not limited to shade structures, water, novel feedstuff (greens, mealworms, sprouted grains), and dust baths.
Enrichments (outdoor and indoor)
100Extensive enrichments indoors and out; birds rotated with cattle.
Points awarded for labels that go above and beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
100Animal Welfare Approved
Maximum points given for high quality, rotated pasture. Non-rotated pasture adjacent to fixed housing with lower than 90% vegetative cover receives fewer points.
Outdoor Management
100Pastures are vegetated and chickens are often rotated behind cattle. Sometimes chickens are run to clean up vegetable fields.
100 points for on-farm production and/or milling of feed. Fewest points given to feed that cannot be verified as domestic and/or birds get poor or no supplementation from outdoor foraging.
Feed Sourcing
90Obtains feed from organic feed supplier that gets feed locally and distributes locally. Feed also certified GMO-free.
Methionine needs met by outdoor foraging receives 100 points. Synthetic supplementation receives 70 points.
Synthetic Methionine
100Does not supplement synthetic methionine. Feeds sprouted grains.
Under 5% cull and death rate required for full points.
Cull/death Rate
100Low death and cull rate (under 5%)
Chicks and poults that are certified organic since hatching, or are hatched on-farm receive 100 points. Off-farm or conventional chicks and poults receive 70 points.
Chick and Poult Sourcing
90Hatch out half of chickens and 100% of ducks on-farm and purchase remaining from hatchery.
No physical alterations required for full points. Permitting beak tipping results in fewer points.
Physical Alterations
100No physical alterations performed
Measures farm oversight. Farmer owned brands, or daily visits by management required for maximum points.
Farm Support
100Farmstead (owner and/or management works on-site and sees birds daily)
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Slaughter Method (non-scoring)
Hand-slaughter with mechanical stunning.
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Soy Free Ration? (non-scoring)
No
Maximum transparency, sharing of the organic systems plan, and/or novel practices that sets the brand apart from the rest of the industry can result in extra credit points.
Extra Credit
0None