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Animal Welfare

As leaders in the egg industry, we realize animal welfare is a topic of central concern for both consumers and retailers. Our commitment to strict standards extends to animal husbandry, and we actively partner with organizations conducting research on optimal hen housing and living conditions. We deliver products that support this data and what our consumer’s demand which includes eggs produced organically as well as via free range and conventional methods. 

Below are some of the organizations we support:

  • United Egg Producers (UEP)
    • UEP conducts independent research to establish animal welfare guidelines.
    • We helped lead the egg industry to adopt UEP guidelines for animal welfare and pioneered active participation through engagement with our suppliers.
  • Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply (CSES)
    • CSES is currently researching the impact of hen housing systems on animal health and well-being, the environment, food safety, worker safety and food affordability.
  • American Humane and Humane Farm Animal Care
    • All of CCF’s certified organic and cage free eggs are certified by either American Humane or Humane Animal Care, both independent, third-party verification bodies for animal treatment and welfare.

 Antibiotic Use

  • CCF’s eggs meet strict governmental regulations that ensure the proper use of antibiotics. In doing so, CCF protects both hens and the consumer. All certified organic eggs come from hens that have never been exposed to antibiotics.


Bird Housing Systems


UEP Certified Conventional

  • Hens are housed indoors in barns with mesh floors with constant access to fresh food and water
  • Space Per Bird: 88 square inches
  • A manure belt maintains a healthy environment by keeping the manure away from the hens
  • Farms follow strict UEP guidelines for animal welfare

Enriched Colony

  • Hens are housed indoors in barns with mesh floors with constant access to fresh food and water
  • Space Per Bird: 118 square inches
  • Hens have access to a nesting area, perch and scratch pad to perform natural bird behaviors
  • A manure belt maintains a healthy environment by keeping the manure away from the hens

Cage-Free Aviary

  • Hens are housed indoors in barns with access to multiple levels with constant access to fresh food and water
  • Space Per bird: 100 square inches + 73 square inches for litter
  • Hens have access to a nesting area, perch and scratch pad to perform natural bird behaviors
  • A manure belt and litter access maintain a healthy environment for the hens
  • Farms follow strict UEP guidelines for animal welfare

Free Range

  • Hens are raised outdoors without cages