Mary’s Organic Chicken (Pitman Family Farms)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersSanger, CA
ProductsChicken, turkey, duck
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1080

Mary’s Organic Chicken is a brand subsidiary of Pitman Family Farms.

TOTAL (possible score is 1800) 1080
4-Bird Rating | Excellent
Family Farms and cooperatives receive the most points. Corporations and companies with poor or negligible farm oversight receive the fewest points.
Ownership structure
60Family owned business
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
30Markets both conventional and organic with some split operations and policies to maintain organic segregation
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
100Transparent participant
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100Organic Certifiers
To receive full points, flocks must number 500 birds or fewer (200 for turkeys).
Flock size
30Large flock sizes with dedication to keeping humane stocking density
No more than 1.5 lbs of bird per square foot is required for full points.
Stocking Density
40Okay stocking densities providing for high welfare
Mobile housing receives the highest number of points.
Housing Style
40Static barns/fixed housing with some outdoor access
Heritage varieties receive the highest number of points.
Strain and/or Breed and Slaughter Age
40Brand uses Cornish Cross or similar, slaughtering between 6-8 weeks for chickens
Birds must spend 3/4ths or more of their lives outdoors for full points.
Timing for Outdoor Access
30Less than 1/2 of lives with access to outdoors; not all birds are able to access outdoors
Enrichments include but are not limited to shade structures, water, novel feedstuff (greens, mealworms, sprouted grains), and dust baths.
Enrichments (outdoor and indoor)
70Provides enrichments to their birds with some commitment to utilizing outdoor spaces
Points awarded for labels that go above and beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
40GAP certified to step 3 and Non-GMO Project verified
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
50Fixed housing with properly maintained outdoor area to maintain vegetative cover with mobile fencing
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
40Sources some feed internationally; gets domestic feed whenever possible
Methionine needs met by outdoor foraging receives 100 points. Synthetic supplementation receives 70 points.
Synthetic Methionine
70Uses methionine in levels allowed by organic regulations
Under 5% cull and death rate required for full points.
Cull/death Rate
100Cull and death rates below 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
70Get chicks/poults from brand's own hatcheries (allowed practice in organic production)
No physical alterations required for full points. Permitting beak tipping results in fewer points.
Physical Alterations
100No physical alterations performed on chickens
Measures farm oversight. Farmer owned brands, or daily visits by management required for maximum points.
Farm Support
70Company representatives visit each farm regularly, every two weeks minimum
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Slaughter Method (non-scoring)
Controlled atmosphere stunning
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Soy Free Ration? (non-scoring)
Chickens are fed soy
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