Love Makes the Difference…
for Our Farms and Your Family.
Happy Egg Co. believes that raising our hens to thrive under natural conditions, promoting small family farms, and responsibly sourcing our eggs has a simple result: Giving your family the best is what’s best for our families (and hens!), too.
Happy Eggs Are…
DELICIOUS & HIGH QUALITY
SOURCED FROM SMALL FAMILY FARMS
PRODUCED BY HAPPY, FREE RANGE HENS
RAISED WITH LOVE
New Look, Same Great Quality
Happy Egg Is the Pioneer
of Free Range Egg Farming… and Our Hens Are the Free-est of the Free Range™
Our feed is all natural, no hormones, vegetarian, specially formulated diet of corn and soy.
“We like to see the hens out roaming over the hillside!”
Whitetail Valley Farms
What Those Egg Aisle “Terms” Mean
Free-est of the Free Range™
Applies to Happy Egg hens only! Our farms each have 8 acres of pasture for our hens to enjoy outdoors every day. After laying their morning eggs, the hens venture outside to forage, perch, dust bathe and stretch their wings. Our barns are lined with 6 foot openings called “pop holes,” which make it easy for our hens to come and go. Plus, our hens are given the Happy Egg standard of space — 21.8 square feet per bird.
In the organic setup, the hens have access to the outdoors, but all too often, that “access” is in the form of a tiny door inside a crowded barn that few hens will actually use. And when they do, there is no guarantee that they’ll have pasture outside.
Standard Free Range
To meet HFAC Humane Certified® standards for free range, the required minimum amount of outdoor space that farms must provide is just 2 square feet per bird.
Cage-free hens do not live inside a wire cage, but this does not mean that they go outside — or even that their conditions are cruelty-free. Cage-free permits just 1.5 square feet of space per bird, typically inside of a barn. There is no guarantee of the ability to engage in natural behaviors, and they live their whole lives inside of a building.
Unless the packaging says otherwise, you are mostly likely buying eggs from caged hens. These hens spend their entire lives indoors in overcrowded wire cages without even enough space to stretch their wings. Unfortunately, most of the eggs farmed in the US still come from caged hens.
“They do seem to think our heads are perches.”
WINDING CREEK FARM
Why Bring Happy Eggs
Home to Your Family?
When you buy Happy Egg, you are partnering with us to improve the way that farms raise animals, gather resources, and deliver products to your home! You’re holding farmers accountable. You’re getting high quality eggs while saying “yes” to responsible products.
Choosing Happy Egg means taking care of your family, our hard-working farmers on family-owned farms… and happy hens.
The Happy Egg Co. is the first free range egg producer to be certified by the American Humane Association. To qualify, the Happy Egg Co. had to meet the program’s rigorous standards, which uniquely includes providing each hen with access to 21.8 square feet of outdoor space, available shelter, and nearly 200 more science and welfare based standards. This certification demonstrates the American Humane Association and the Happy Egg Co. share the belief that these standards do more to support hen welfare and are appropriate to claim true free range production.
We are American Humane Certified Free Range, but we also go beyond humane standards to create an ecosystem for our hens to flourish and thrive. We believe that making the extra effort to improve our hens’ welfare is what makes them happy, so we call this being Happy Certified. This is very important to us because we’re committed to raising hens and eggs with love.
CLICK HERE to see what being Happy Certified includes.
- Regulating flock sizes. We’ve instated a maximum flock size to make sure that flocks stay manageable for small family farms. We want birds to get care and attention from their farmers and for the flock’s upkeep to be sustainable for families.
- Providing play kits and tree cover. Hens like recreation, too. We provide play kits, sand pits, and pecking strings for them to enjoy, and we make sure there is adequate tree cover in the pasture for relief from the sun and rain whenever they choose.
- Offering access to an enclosed outdoor watering system. This is so that hens can stay out longer in the pasture and remain hydrated. The watering system is enclosed so that it does not attract predators or other wild animals.
- Longer outdoor access. What good is free range without plenty of time in the pasture? We believe 8 acres is the right amount of space to keep our hens happy and safe, and we give them access to the outdoors for longer than humane regulations require so that they can enjoy the fresh air and land as much as possible.
- Hens are able to engage in natural behaviors like dust-bathing, foraging and roaming, living the way they should in fresh air and a protected environment. All this leads to happy hens who produce high quality Happy Eggs!
A Little Bit of Our History
Two Families, One Enduring Legacy
In Hertfordshire, England, William Dean collected eggs from small holders and sold them door-to-door out of a straw-lined wicker basket. With the help of a horse and cart, he traded up to four miles from Tring in Hertfordshire. Deans Foods started egg packing over 85 years ago.
Margaret and Clifford Kent married and began renting a farm in a village in Cornwall, England. Margaret had grown up in a farming household and received a wedding present of 50 chickens from her parents. Selling eggs to the community through their farm shop, the Kents’ grew an egg business — as well as their flock, which multiplied to 2,000 birds in just ten years. Their son Michael grew up picking eggs, working on the farm on holidays and weekends, and helping to make feed for the hens.
1970s – 1980s
The Kents continued to invest in their birds, discovering that providing them with clean air, good lighting, space, and calm conditions resulted in happy hens and quality products. They had a passion for raising hens in a free range environment and disrupting the egg industry with innovative ways of humanely caring for birds and marketing eggs. The Deans refined their farming, marketing, and approach to retailers. As Deans Foods began to acquire other companies, Michael Kent took ownership of his family’s business once his parents retired, furthering its expansion and pioneering new ideas in the egg industry.
The ever-growing businesses of these two inventive egg families merged into the parent company of Happy Egg. Subsequently, Happy Egg was born in the United Kingdom and later migrated to the United States, championing the cause of free range birds (the free-est) and high quality eggs.
The Farms Where We Raise All the Happy Eggs
Our farms are in the Ozark Woodlands of Arkansas and Missouri for several good reasons. This region has gently rolling woodland hills which are the perfect environment for our hens, not to mention a mild climate that means they get to go outside year round, not just in the summer.
The Ozark Woodlands also have an abundant fresh water supply and happen to be closer to the grain fields where we source ingredients for our hens’ feed. It actually requires less trucking to drive our eggs to our customers than to make many trips to deliver grain.
And since it’s no more than a short two-day drive to reach anywhere in the country, our eggs are still fresh from the farm when they reach your favorite retailers!
Where Happy Eggs Come From
Arrowhead Acres, Missouri
Biggin Ranch Farms, Georgia
C&P Farm, Georgia
Circle K Farms, Missouri
Circle E Farm, Missouri
Creek Side Farms, Missouri
Green Grass Farms, Missouri
Green Acre Farms, Missouri
Pinkley & Stanley, Missouri
Plum Lane Farm, Missouri
Rising Sun Ranch, Missouri
RJ Griffin Farm, Missouri
Stoney Hollow, Missouri
Sunlit Forest Acres, Missouri
Sunrise Layer Farm, Missouri
Hickory Hill Farms, Missouri
Happy Acres, Arkansas
Hedge Hollow, Missouri
Jay Koehn Farm, Missouri
J&J Eggs, Missouri
Locust Hill Layer Farm, Missouri
Lonesome Oak Layers, Missouri
Walnut Creek Eggs, Missouri
Wagon Trail Ranch, Missouri
Wagon Wheel Ranch, Missouri
Whitetail Valley Farms, Missouri
Winding Creek Farm, Missouri
Windyville Farm, Missouri
Treeline Layers Farm, Missouri
“Farming is a great way to raise a family and make a decent living.”
Did you know?
FUN FACTS ABOUT HAPPY EGG
ACRES (~8 PER FARM)
SMALL FAMILY FARMS
How do you ensure farms are working to your standards?
At Happy Egg Co., we believe that it matters to have farmers who care. We prefer family farms where hens receive more love and attention. In addition to inspecting our farms on a regular basis, we conduct monthly farm checks and bi-annual audits to ensure the highest standard of hen care. In the rare case of an issue, we will work with the farmer to improve and if our performance standards aren’t met, they cannot remain in our program.
What type of breed are your hens?
Happy Egg Co. hens are from a range of breeds that always lay brown eggs: Bovans, Hy-Lines and Lohmanns hens. Our first flocks are Bovan Browns, a hybrid known for its egg-laying ability and easy-going temperament. Most flocks are now in fact Hy-Line Browns, also a docile easy-going breed.
What do your hens eat?
The hens are fed a natural specially formulated recipe of corn and soy mixed with vitamins and minerals for the best nutrition for healthy hens and great eggs. (The feed never has added meat, bone meal, or hormones.) Also, our hens roam on grassy pastures daily so they are free to forage for grass and bugs, adding more nutrients to their diet.
Is your feed GMO-free?
We are proud to offer organic as well as conventional (non-organic) eggs to our customers. Our organic feed is non-GMO. At Happy Egg Co., our number one concern is animal welfare. No matter the product, be assured you are receiving eggs from hens raised with the highest animal welfare standards.