The FAQs

WHAT MAKES HAPPY EGGS HAPPY?

Our hens have access to roam on the range every day. They love to enjoy shade from the trees, scratch in sand pits and play with pecking toys. In the evening, they all come home to the barn to roost, and in the morning the hens select their favorite nesting box for laying! 


WHERE CAN I BUY HAPPY EGGs?

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ARE YOUR CARTONS BIODEGRADABLE?

Our signature yellow and blue cartons are environmentally friendly and biodegradable— including the labels! Our (very few) plastic cartons found at select retailers are not biodegradable, but can typically be recycled.


HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK FOR HAPPY EGG CO. IN THE UNITED STATES?

Happy Egg employs 50+ people in our Rogers, Arkansas headquarters and over 100 farmer families who produce our great-tasting eggs!


HOW IS HAPPY EGG CO. US DIFFERENT FROM HAPPY EGG CO. UK?

Great question— we’re so glad you asked! Long story short, while we share a namesake with Happy Egg UK, we are separate companies with no affiliation. The Happy Egg Company® was originally founded in the UK as part of Noble Foods. But today the Happy Egg Co.® is a U.S.-owned and operated free-range egg company that’s completely independent from the UK-based Noble Foods. We recognized the need for better, more transparent free-range farming practices in the U.S., so Happy Egg Co. USA cemented its roots in Arkansas and Missouri (and now Indiana) where our 60+ small family farms produce exceptional-tasting eggs.


WHAT ARE YOUR CERTIFICATIONS?

We are proudly American Humane Certified, and all of our farms are Certified Humane. This means that we meet the Humane Farm Animal Care Standards and American Humane Certified Animal Welfare Standards, incorporated of scientific research, veterinary advice, and the practical experience of farmers. Access to nutritious feed and our environmental farm design that promotes the health and safety of our girls are just a few of the many standards we adhere to.


WHERE ARE HAPPY EGG HENS RAISED?

Our Happy Egg farms are located primarily in the Ozark woodlands of Arkansas and Missouri. This region has gently rolling wooded hills for the hens, and a mild climate. This allows the hens the ability to go outside year-round, not just in the summer months. These regions also have an abundant fresh water supply and are closer to the grain fields where Happy Egg sources ingredients for its hens feed.


WHAT BREED OF HEN DO HAPPY EGG EGGS COME FORM?

It depends on the egg! Our Organic Free Range and Free Range Happy Eggs come primarily from brown-egg-laying Lohmann breeds, best known for their laid-back personalities, bountiful egg-laying, and range-roving curiosity. We also have the easygoing, fun-loving, and sturdy Hyline breed hens in our mix. Our Heritage Breed Eggs are laid by two distinct breeds of birds: Speckled Legbar and Copper Maran hens. The Speckled Legbar hens lay the beautiful pastel-blue-shelled eggs, while the Copper Marans lay the deep, chocolate brown-shelled eggs.


HOW MUCH TIME DO THE HENS SPEND ON THE RANGE?

Our hens have access to roam free out on the range each day until dusk. Our barn doors are open typically 8 hours and the hens have the freedom to go in and out of the barn during this time as they see fit. While we’re hard at work in the office, our hens are roaming around and soaking up some sun!


HOW DO YOUR HAPPY HENS GET OUTDOORS?

Our barns have convenient large doors— each are 18” high by 6-feet wide— that make it: a) easy for hens to come and go as they please, but also, b) safe for them to stay inside tucked away from the elements or any (rare) predator.


HOW DO YOU KEEP HENS SAFE FROM PREDATORS WHILE THEY'RE OUTSIDE?

Hen safety is very important to us, and to make sure the hens are taken care of properly they are raised on small family farms where they receive close care and attention from the best farmers. Our farms all have tight-woven fencing around the land and vegetative cover from trees to protect our hens from rare predators.


HOW MANY HENS ARE ON EACH HAPPY EGG FARM?

There is anywhere from 16,000 - 20,000 hens per farm. 


WHAT DO THESE HENS OF YOURS EAT?

Our hens get a well-rounded diet that supports both optimal nutrition and the best possible eggs. Their feed contains corn and soy mixed with all-natural vitamins and minerals. But their ability to graze on the range means they get their fair share of grass and bugs as well. What they NEVER get is any added meat, hormones, or preservatives. And the hens who lay our organic Happy Eggs eat only a 100% organic, non-GMO diet.


DOES THE HEN'S FEED HAVE CORN AND SOY IN IT?

Both! Our hens eat our proprietary blend of whole grains, including both corn and soy, which they love! Soy is a great source of both protein and fat for our beloved birds’ nutrition.


IS THE HEN'S FEED GMO FREE?

All Happy Egg hens are raised with the highest animal welfare standards, which gives you an all-natural egg. We’re proud to offer both organic and conventional (non-organic) eggs. The only difference between the two is the hens’ feed. Our organic hens’ feed is fully non-GMO and comes from grain farms untouched by any hormones or antibiotics


DO YOU DEBEAK YOUR HENS?

No, we do not “debeak our hens.” As much as we love our hens and their quirky personalities, they can naturally become aggressive toward weakest members of the flock so we do have a policy on beak trimming which is in accordance with our American Humane Certification.


IF ALL THE HENS THAT LAY THE SAME TYPE OF HAPPY EGGS ARE THE SAME BREED, WHY ARE THEIR FEATHERS DIFFERENT COLORS?

That’s like asking: Why doesn’t my fifth cousin look like my twin? These hens may all be in the same family tree, but their appearances naturally evolve from one generation and family tree branch to the next. At the same time, egg characteristics like shell color and thickness, as well as yolk color and flavor, tend to remain consistent. Thanks for the mysteries, Mother Nature.


WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR HENS AT THE END OF THEIR LIFE?

At Happy Egg, we are very intentional and selective about the farmers we partner with to best raise and take care of our girls, all while adhering to our strict standards for humane practice. From ample amounts of space and time to roam and, well, do the things hens love to do, to the feed they consume, our hens get the best of the best throughout their life. Unfortunately, the entire egg industry would like to see more options available for hens that retire from egg laying. Due to FDA restrictions and even environmental impact, the options are limited; but Happy Egg is committed to working with our farmers to find desirable solutions that are sustainable for both our hens and our farms.


HOW DO YOUR HERITAGE BREED EGGS GET THOSE RICH, AMBER-COLORED YOLKS?

We could stare at those yolks all day. But we eat them way too fast to stare at them for long. We feed all our hens a nutrient-rich, proprietary (and quite frankly, expensive) feed mixture custom-designed for the health and beauty of the bird, as well as the best possible egg and yolk. In fact, this premiere feed is so fantastic that not all the ingredients are commercially available. When fed to our two special Heritage Breeds, the Speckled Legbar and Copper Maran, the combo of this feed and the birds’ pecking on plants and insects outdoors adds up to a bright, beautiful, great-tasting yolk.


WHAT MAKES THE HERITAGE BREED'S EGGSHELLS BLUE AND BROWN?

It’s all in the genes, friends. The unique coloring of the shells of our Heritage Breed eggs come from our two distinct (and distinctly beautiful) breeds of birds. The beautiful pastel-blue-shelled eggs come from the Speckled Legbar hens and the deep, chocolate-brown-shelled eggs come from the Copper Maran hens


WHAT MAKES ORGANIC HAPPY EGGS ORGANIC?

At Happy Egg, the health and happiness of our hens comes first. All of our farms are certified organic, meaning they maintain year-round living conditions that promote the health and natural behaviors of our girls, including year-round access to the outdoors, shade, shelter, and clean eater, and meet the highest standards in terms of being pesticide and herbicide-free. The hens in our organic flocks, however, also enjoy a premium feed from grain farms that themselves are organic.


DO YOU WASH YOUR EGGS?

We follow USDA-approved practices on that front. This includes using soap and defoamer to clean our eggs, followed by UV light to sanitize their shells. Then we rinse Happy Eggs with fresh water, dry them, and pack them in our bright yellow cartons. We won’t even get into the ridiculous number of times a day we wash our hands these days. (Virtual high-five!)


HOW LONG AFTER THE SELL-BY DATE CAN I EAT HAPPY EGGS?

Though we don’t anticipate you not eating all of your Happy Eggs in time, eggs can be refrigerated for three to five weeks from the day they are first placed in the refrigerator, per the USDA. Though the “Sell By” date will usually expire during that time period, your eggs should still be perfectly safe to use. Store your Happy Eggs in your fridge at 40°F or lower, and per our recommendation, eat ‘em up!


ARE HAPPY EGG CO. EGGS KOSHER?

You bet they are. Happy Eggs are all kosher certified.


ARE HAPPY EGGS PASTEURIZED?

All egg products are pasteurized as required by United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). This means that they have been rapidly heated and held at a minimum required temperature for a specified time to destroy bacteria.


HOW MANY FARMS ARE USED BY HAPPY EGG?

We have over 100 beautiful family farms so far, each one carefully chosen and planned based on qualifications of the farmer, optimal locations, and environmental conditions.


WHO RUNS THE FARMS THAT PRODUCE HAPPY EGGS?

We have close relationships with the wonderful independent family-owned farms who we trust to raise our hens and look after their eggs on our 100+ farms, mostly in Arkansas, Missouri and Indiana. Unlike typical commercial farms, the farms that produce Happy Eggs don’t produce eggs for other companies; so, each of our farms goes above and beyond to exceed all free-range certification standards, and we have third parties who audit each farm to ensure that we’re always upholding the highest animal-humane standards.


HOW DO YOU ENSURE THE FARMS ARE WORKING TO YOUR STANDARDS?

We start by hiring farmers who care and who take as much pride as we do in raising the healthiest hens, that can lay the best-tasting, farmers’-market-quality eggs for our customers. We only work with small family farms to make sure our hens receive close, daily care and attention. To keep exceeding our world-class standards, we inspect each farm on a regular basis and conduct monthly farm checks and unannounced audits. In the rare case there’s an issue, we work with the farmer involved to make sure it’s fixed. If ever our standards aren’t met, the farmer is released from our program. At the end of the day (and the start, and everything in between), the safety, health and proper raising of our hens and eggs is our highest priority.


HOW OFTEN DOES HAPPY EGG CO. INSPECT EACH OF ITS FARMS?

We try to visit our outstanding farms as much as possible, not only to ensure they are continuing to uphold our Happy Egg standards, but to say hello to our girls, too! We love sending our employees to our farms when they can visit and see first-hand how awesome they are. We also conduct regular quality and compliance checks, and plan unannounced audits each quarter.

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