Maybe I should get more chickens…

The ladies are slowing down already this year, so I sent the latest full dozen to Neighbor S and planned on buying eggs during the Monday water run.


I had reason to regret it. Five and a half bucks a dozen? Yike.

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14 Responses to Maybe I should get more chickens…

  1. You could cover those eggs with hookers and cocaine and they still wouldn’t be worth five bucks. Living here in ‘the big city’ I pay something like two bucks a dozen. The analytical part of me wants to do the math on store bought eggs vs home chickens when you factor in feed costs, time, coop materials, etc, etc.

  2. Ben says:

    You must be shopping in a high class place! We pay around $3.50 for jumbo eggs. Large are something under $3.00.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s 5.50 where I live in california. Also home grown eggs are So much better. Also no amount will help if the store runs out. Best to have your own chickens

  4. Joel says:

    You could cover those eggs with hookers and cocaine and they still wouldn’t be worth five bucks.

    I agree but only because I have no use for hookers and cocaine – I expect that in reality they cost much more. 🙂

    But yeah – the last time I bought a dozen eggs it was like two bucks, and that really wasn’t long ago. So I don’t know what we did to deserve such a massive increase. But now I’m seriously wondering if I shouldn’t rebuild the Lair’s chicken yard.

  5. Malatrope says:

    Joel: second time you’ve done this, the receipt tells the world what town is nearby you. Just sayin’.

  6. Joel says:

    Shit, you’re right. Fixed.

  7. Malatrope says:

    Our eggs aren’t as expensive as yours, but I’ve noticed a strange thing: the only size available is “Large”. Up until a few weeks ago, we had a good selection of “Large”, “Extra Large”, and “Jumbo”. Are they reducing the feed to chickens? Or did somebody eat all the real performers?

  8. Kentucky says:

    Crap, I missed the town name yesterday . . . snooze, lose. 😉

  9. Kentucky says:

    “So I don’t know what we did to deserve such a massive increase.”

    A couple of months ago some kinda “bird flu” hit the big egg producers and a bazillion layers were “euthanized” in an effort to contain it . . . without much success. So it’s now increased demand for a considerably reduced supply. 🙁

  10. WolfSong says:

    I suspect the price increase has to do with a combo of bird flu, like Kentucky pointed out, and feed prices.
    I know here in Canada, feed has been highest I’ve seen it for poultry, and I suspect everything else that eats grain based feeds.
    As we’ve had better harvests this year, things are slowly starting to come back down.
    As more layers come online after being culled heavily to avoid the flu (which was silly to me to cull barns of seemingly healthy birds over 1 or a handful of deads, since a recovered bird is one with immunity…*I* would take her eggs and hatch them and hope for that immunity to be passed on to chicks, even if only a small part of it…but what do I know, I only have 125 chickens as opposed to several thousands) prices, theoretically, should come down on eggs.
    Or not, because once the sellers know they’ll get that price, well, they might decide to keep getting that price.

  11. Malatrope says:

    Just paid $2.95/dz for “Large”. Idaho, backwoods.

  12. RCPete says:

    I just bought an 18 count package at the big independentish store (three-store chain) in our medium-sized city (20K people, the biggest in the county). The first package was $4.18, and any more would have been $4.68. This is from a large regional egg outfit in Oregon. They were really short on supply during the worst of Covidiocy, but have more or less recovered.

    I’m sure a lot of the issues are fuel and electricity. We’re not quite as bad as California, but Those Better Than Us think we should be good little subjects and not live 40 miles from a city, and that city better be west of the Cascades. Two strikes against us, but they can take their wishes and shove ’em.

    We figured our year-and-a-half old Border Collie would harass any chickens, so we’re not planning on doing a coop until/unless she mellows out. Ask me in 5 years.

  13. The Neon Madman says:

    Yes, you might have to get more. You could become a Chicken Tycoon. Have to be chickens, you are in the wrong state for dental floss.

  14. Ben says:

    Did some checking today. Indeed, eggs have gone up, but as much as you paid. Large are $4.30 and jumbo are $5.40. This was in a Publix, would be cheaper in a Walmart.

To the stake with the heretic!