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Animal Welfare and Eggs: What You Need To Know

Our farm is designed around the needs and desires of our chickens – and chickens happen to be forest birds. So, we created indoor and outdoor gardens that stimulate them and make them feel safe – as forest birds. Our eggs in the United States are Certified Humane for animal welfare practices.

A lot. For example:

  • The birds have access to indoor and outdoor gardens with plenty of variety, daylight, fresh air, dust-bathing areas, etc.
  • We don’t trim their beaks. To reduce pecking, our farm includes an enriched and varied environment with pecking blocks, hay bales, etcetera. We also scatter feed throughout the indoor garden for foraging fun
  • The hens enjoy natural perches, darkened nests to lay eggs, and the freedom to roam both inside the house and outside in the easily accessible garden. The outdoor garden is fenced and netted off to keep out hungry predators

After 85 to 90 weeks, the eggs become more brittle. The chickens go to the slaughterhouse.

The chickens are caught using the Dutch Catching Method. This means we do not pick up more than 2 chickens at a time. It also means we hold them upright and by their chest before carefully placing them in a transportation crate. This method was chosen after consultations with Eyes on Animals, Caring Vets, and the Animal Protection Organization.

Well, we want to cure our birds when they’re sick. This may include applying antibiotics to a flock if our veterinarian sees this as the best way to treat them. This is in line with the animal welfare certification standard Certified Humane in the United States, which allows for therapeutic antibiotics in case of illness. The types of antibiotics we use are safe for chickens and humans.

The use of hormones in poultry is forbidden in the United States. Even if it was allowed, we would not use them.

White layers need less feed to make an egg. This lowers our overall footprint by about 5 percent. So, one can say that white eggs are better for the environment than brown eggs – while still being just as delicious and nutritious.

The Kipster egg yolk color is often a lighter color compared to other eggs. This is because we replaced the corn in the feed with surplus products. Normally, corn gives an orange hue to the egg yolk. Alternatively, color additives are often used to pump up the orange. We thought this silly.

Upcycled Feed: What You Need To Know

To make organic eggs you need to grow organic feed. We use upcycled feed, which puts less strain on the environment compared to organic feed. We use less land and water and emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions. We’re “beyond organic.”

Very healthy. Our veterinarian and farmers work closely with nutritionists, feed suppliers and other experts to formulate these circular diets that lower our carbon footprint while maintaining the health and productivity of our hens and roosters. The feed includes all the energy, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that our feathered friends need to stay perky and produce high-quality eggs.

To make it nutritious and safe, our upcycled feed is the result of years of meticulous research & development. We use whatever humans cannot or will not eat. For example:

  • Residual flows from agricultural land
  • Malformed bread from factory bakeries
  • Broken pasta and noodles from factories
  • A surplus of a certain raw material such as rice or flour
  • Byproducts from slaughter facilities (since chickens are omnivores by nature).

To maintain a consistent high quality, we have many no-go areas, such as:

  • Leftovers from restaurants, families, or institutions
  • Spoiled food
  • Kitchen waste
  • Unhygienic or contaminated food
  • Products with uncertain origins or traceability

No, it’s an ancient practice. Agriculture has been done like this for millennia. We just revitalized it for our times.

Our feed is made of products that are part of human food supply chains. For example:

  • When commercial bakeries make bread, there are leftovers that don’t make it into the final product.
  • When sunflower oil is made, byproducts include meal and hulls.
  • Our feed supplier uses these kinds of products to create a complete and balanced feed mix for our chickens.

Roosters & Spent Hens: What You Need To Know

They are killed immediately since they – obviously – can’t lay eggs and are used in pet food or go to landfill. Meanwhile, it’s a biological fact that an equal number of males and females are born. This accounts for why over 7-billion-day-old male chicks are killed every year globally.

We are committed to ending the killing of day-old male chicks, a standard but harsh reality in egg production. Currently, we face a significant challenge: the lack of infrastructure to sell and process these chicks into viable meat products. We are actively working towards a solution that aligns with our values of animal welfare and sustainability. We invite resellers who are passionate about meaningful change in the food industry to partner with us. Interested in making a difference with us? Let’s connect and explore how we can collaborate towards a more humane and sustainable future.

With eggs comes meat. Roosters and spent hens from egg farmers are an untapped source of meat. Layer hens become meat after around 90 weeks, when their laying period ends. One pound of rooster and hen meat can replace one pound of broiler meat.

Layers and their brothers carry little meat on their bones. They are leaner and do not gain weight as efficiently as their cousins in the meat industry. That makes meat from the egg industry considerably more expensive. However: waste not, want not…

Sustainable & Carbon Neutral: What You Need To Know

First, we reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible in terms of feed production and processing, farm operations, raising of chicks, and egg packaging. For example, our feed has a footprint that’s about half that of conventional feed. This is particularly significant since chickenfeed is responsible for around 70% of the greenhouse gas footprint of an egg.

  • Solar panels on top of our barns power the farm.
  • We dry chicken litter for fertilizer used by farmers.
  • Any remaining footprint, we offset through carbon credits.

Our carbon footprint does not include storage and distribution of the egg after it arrives at the distribution center of Kroger, nor its storage and use by consumers.

In the U.S., Kipster eggs are certified as CarbonNeutral® (not including use) by Climate Impact Partners.

Yes, it is industrial compostable and recyclable. We recommend recycling so it gets another use out of it as paper or cardboard.

The Kipster farm is the first in the U.S. to wash the air that leaves the barns. This removes dust, odor, ammonia, and other undesirable particles. Before the air leaves the barn, its heat is recovered by a heat pump which preheats incoming fresh air. Combined with the innovative ventilation system in the barn this lowers emissions significantly and creates a better in-house climate for both farmer and bird.

Even with 1,883 solar panels on our barn roofs, we will likely not be completely self-sufficient. We can only tell after a year of operation how much energy we will still need to buy to power our farm. We’ll keep you posted.

Kipster Farm: What You Need To Know

Yes, you can. Please come by our visitor center at the farm, which is open daily from 10 AM until 6 PM. Before you plan your visit, please check the Kipster website to make sure it is open. Contact egg@kipster.farm for questions about the visitor center.

  • At the visitor center you can learn about every step of egg production supply chains and the lives of our chickens. Visitors can see the chickens in action through the large glass windows and see the chickens walk in their outdoor gardens (weather and bird flu permitting).
  • Or if a trip to Indiana is not feasible, you can watch our chickens live 24-7 here.  

 

Address:
Kipster
5684 E 1100 N
N. Manchester IN 46962

The left and right side of the Kipster house both have outdoor gardens. On both sides the chickens have 32.8’ X 358.6’, which is 0.98 sq. ft. per bird.

The indoor garden is 40’ X 358.6’, which is 0.6 sq. ft. per bird.

The area where the birds sleep at night, where they eat, drink and lay their eggs, including elevated platforms, is 24,212 sq. ft. or 1.01 sq. ft. per bird.

The total living area for the birds without outdoor area is 1.61 sq. ft. per bird, for a total of 24,000 hens.

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Business Related: What You Need To Know

The fact that we’re not passing on the true costs to the next generations. We believe our current low food prices are paid for elsewhere – by the environment, the animals, the farmers, and our children’s futures. Hence, we aim to produce as sustainably as we can. This requires hands-on management of the farm and its inhabitants. We also want the farmers to be paid a fair price.

Kipster Eggs are sold at Ralphs, Kings Soopers, QFC, Fred Meyer, City Market, Kroger, Fry’s, Roundy’s, Smiths, Mariano’s, Pick ‘n Save, Metro Markets, and Copps.
Available in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, MT, NM, NV, OH, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY.

Or you can check for stores that sell Kipster eggs here:

www.aspca.org/kipster

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The meat is currently no available. We will keep you updated on the latest Kipster meat news.

Thank you for your interest in our farm and the Kipster concept. Please reach out to egg@kipster.farm for inquiries.