NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs go far beyond your regular cage free or free range eggs. They have all of the fun of cage free birds, free to run and play throughout the barn, and they also have huge pastures where they can forage in the fresh air and sunlight.
Each of our Pasture Raised hens enjoys at least 25 square feet of pasture. Produced without harmful chemicals on small family farms that use rotational pasturing in large barns furnished with nestboxes, perches, and dustbathing areas, NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs come from hens that live an even more natural way of life.
We believe that small family farming with a focus on animal welfare and environmental stewardship is good for the hens, the land, and you.
NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs come from small farms that are run by families who care about the animals and land under their care. NestFresh is proud of all of our farms and we love sharing their stories with you. We invite you to look through some photos from these very special farms and learn about how they produce the pasture raised eggs that you love.
NestFresh Pasture Raised Egg Standards
Because there are no federal standards for pasture raised production, we have developed standards that all of our farms must follow when producing NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs. These guidelines ensure the health and wellbeing of our hens and the land they pasture. It is our goal to hold ourselves to the highest standards for cage free, pasture raised egg production. We believe that you are entitled to know how your food is produced, so we share our full standards in the hopes that we raise our hens and care for the earth in a way that meets your expectations.
All farms producing NestFresh Pasture Raised Eggs must adhere to the following standards, but many farmers not only meet, but surpass these minimum requirements.
Living conditions are designed to promote good hen health and quality egg production.
- Farmers provide food and water to hens daily. Molting without food and water is prohibited.
- Ample feed and water space is provided to ensure birds do not compete for resources and that all birds are well-nourished.
Flocks do not exceed 4,000 hens.
- There is at least 1.5 square feet per hen indoors.
- Ample perches, nestboxes, and substrate for dustbathing are available to allow and encourage natural behaviors.
- No antibiotics are used on hens.
- Farmers handle hens in a gentle, well-trained manner to ensure their comfort.
There is at least 25 square feet of pasture per hen.
- Each barn opening is wide enough to allow multiple hens through at once.
- Doors are open after lay period in the morning and closed at night to ensure the hens’ safety.
- Farmers make every effort to provide daily access, but outdoor access may be limited due to threat of disease or severe inclement weather conditions.
- Grazing areas are within 400 yards of the barn.
- Either trees or a man-made canopy are used to provide at least 5% shaded areas.
- In the summer, water is provided in shaded areas.
Farmers use rotational pasturing to supply ample vegetation for the hens and maintain proper soil conservation.
- Farmers reseed barren areas to create vegetation.
- Vegetation is trimmed to a maximum height of 3 inches to promote new growth.
- No synthetic fertilizers or chemical sprays are applied to the pasture areas.
Farmers encourage as much grass-feeding as possible, but provide alternatives to keep hens
well-fed when necessary.
- Alfalfa hay is offered to hens when fresh vegetation is not available.
- Course grit is available to the hens to assist in the natural digestion of vegetation.
- No animal by-products are used in the feed.
- The feed provided to hens is vegetarian, but the hens may supplement this with non-vegetarian sources through foraging on pasture.