As egg prices rise, some Michiganders decide to raise their own chickens

According to the Consumer Price Index of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price for a dozen Class A eggs in the U.S. was $4.25 in December 2022 compared to $1.79 in December 2021. That's an increase of about 237 percent.

IONIA – Alex Courts noticed that the price of eggs started to rise last fall.

Courts, the general manager of Ken’s Farm Market in Ionia, was not alarmed at the time, but that changed.

“Once[prices]got to a certain point, which is really the highest we’ve ever seen — sometime in the mid to late fall of (2022) — I thought, ‘OK, this is a bit unusual,'” he said. court of law.

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According to the Consumer Price Index of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price for a dozen Class A eggs in the U.S. was $4.25 in December 2022 compared to $1.79 in December 2021. That’s an increase of about 237 percent.

Why are the prices so high? It is a combination of higher production costs and an outbreak of bird flu. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that more than 43 million laying hens have died since the outbreak began in February 2022.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that more than 43 million laying hens have died since the outbreak began in February 2022, impacting egg supply.

Nancy Barr, executive director of Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, said there are “numerous variables” that affect the price of eggs in Michigan. She said farmers don’t set the price – they sell their eggs on an open market, with prices changing daily.

“(Market impact) includes inflation, supply chain and employment costs, which affect everyone,” she said, adding that egg farmers in Michigan are also highly sensitive to the cost of fuel prices, which directly impact feed and packaging costs .

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