Hegins Valley Farm is located in Hegins, Pennsylvania. It is managed by Deb Martz and has eight layer hen houses.
The chickens on this farm are cage-free, meaning they are raised in a stress-free environment and are not in cages. They are kept in large heated and air-cooled growing houses where they can roost and socialize freely, participating in their chicken behaviors and pecking orders, and laying their eggs in dark, quiet nests.
This farm participates in the NPIP program (National Poultry Improvement Plan), which is a national program in collaboration with state and federal departments of agriculture and industry representatives. The main objective is to use new diagnostic technology to effectively improve poultry and poultry products throughout the U.S. NPIP provides certification that poultry and poultry products destined for insterstate and international shipments are disease free.
This farm is part of the Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program (PEQAP), which institutes steps to reduce the risk of Salmonalla Enteritidis (SE) with an effective flock testing and management program.
This farm meets the quidelines established by the United Egg Producers (UEP), placing top priority on the comfort, health, and safety of the chickens.
This laying hen farm meets the standards for the Humane Farm Animal Care Program, which ensures that the hens on their farm are provided with a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones, and are raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space, and the ability to engage in natural behaviors.
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