Egg Prices have been soaring to an over 49% increase due to the lingering bird flu outbreak in 47 states, affecting over 57.8 million birds. Rising production costs, including soaring feed, fuel, and labor, also increase egg prices at the grocery store. In some states, finding eggs on the shelves can even be difficult. People are now befriending their neighborhood "crazy chicken lady" to keep the refrigerator stocked.
The avian bird flu fuels soaring egg prices.
The avian bird flu is the leading cause of soaring egg prices. The USDA reports that over 57 million birds have been infected with avian flu since January 2022, making it the deadliest outbreak in U.S. history. There is no treatment for the avian bird flu, and if there is a confirmed case of HPIA in a commercial flock, unfortunately, all flock members are slaughtered. Culling is the only way to prevent the spread of the disease to nearby farms and other commercial flocks.
Once a commercial chicken flock has been infected and culled, it will take several months for a chicken flock owner to recover and grow back out a flock to laying age. While consumer demand for eggs continues to decrease from holiday levels, there remains a demand for them due to their health benefits.
What can you do about rising egg prices?
To combat the soaring egg prices, consider starting or expanding your chicken flock to create food security! This offers you the chance to have fresh eggs from your very own backyard.
Chickens do a lot more than just provide you with great-tasting and nutritious fresh eggs! They can help you live a more sustainable lifestyle, including starting a compost pile and growing your own vegetables.
Chickens are a low-maintenance outdoor pets that will bring you with their endearing personalities. They don't need to be walked, brushed, or fed twice a day. Essentially all you have to do is gather eggs daily, fill their food and water containers a couple of times a week and change their bedding once a month! Don't forget to check your local regulations regarding owning pet chickens.
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