I drove out your way Friday on my hunt for eggs. I found some at Crystal Lake in Warsaw Indiana . When I ask why eggs are in such short supply no one seems to really know. I purchase wholesale eggs and they are up 400% from two years ago. Get ready for puddings, noodles, cakes etc to all take another hike up.
Are you a tax payer? If so then you are buying them. The government does not care how high eggs go, they will by them to feed those who do not work, so you are still buying them.I'm not going to brush everyone with a broad brush, but we seem to not have the ability to say no anymore. If eggs were above $6 a dozen, I'M NOT BUYING THEM!!! I can't think of many diets that require eggs? I bet if everyone who eats eggs regularly cut back a dozen a week, the supply would increase and the price would drop.
You wonder if there is some "shortages" of items just to drive the price up? I mean many people just pay whatever for groceries and don't ever consider not buying certain items.
I'm sure you can find that occasional person who has lost touch with the egg market and does not calculate their true expenses and sells eggs for $2.00/ dozen. Currently eggs at the large efficient farms cost about $.80 in feed to produce. The pullet you purchase at 8 weeks old, almost ready to lay is around $6 right now. So if after 2% mortality is averaged in, you get an average of 300 eggs over the lifetime of that $6 bird you get 25 dozen eggs, the cost of the bird per dozen eggs is about $.40. So you have $1.20 /doz in your feed and bird. Now factor in housing, lighting to keep them laying this time of year, labor for gathering, poop removal, marketing, washing, candling ( using light to look for blood inside of egg or cracks in shell). In the large poultry operations labor is a small percentage, but for a backyard farmer who spends 1/2 hr every day gathering and feeding 30 chickens to get 24 saleable eggs a day he needs to add $3.00 / dozen for labor @$12/hr.Buy local...$2.00 dozen.
just make sure you don't go into a BAR after 10 pm and of course stay away from church.... and you can go to WAlmart but stay out of the locally owned family owned businesses... you do this you will be fineI've been going to all of the drugstores in town begging them to give me the Avian Flu vax, but they say there is none.....WAHHHHHHHHH