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Discussion in 'Poultry' started by ladytoysdream, Dec 26, 2016.
Wow, that's not actually very far from me.
An article from Bloomberg about low egg prices:
Bring on the Omelets: Bigger Flocks Send Egg Price to Decade-Low
June 28, 2017, 6:00 PM CDT
U.S. farmers ramped-up production after bird-flu scare
Market is now ‘drowning’ in egg supplies, analyst says
It doesn’t matter if you like them hard-boiled, scrambled or soaked in heart-clogging hollandaise sauce: when eggs are this cheap, it’s a good time to get cracking.
Supplies in the U.S. have surged so much in recent months that prices are the lowest for this time of year in at least a decade. It will probably take awhile for consumers to eat through the surplus inventory, so the government is predicting egg costs will drop more than any other food group in 2017.
The slump marks a sharp turnaround in the egg business. In 2015, an avian influenza outbreak forced farmers to destroy millions of birds and prices skyrocketed. Eager to take advantage of the rally, producers expanded flocks that were the biggest ever by the end of last year. But demand hasn’t keep pace. While some farms have scaled back in recent months, hens have gotten more productive, keeping the market flush with supply.
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Interesting. I wonder if that means we'll start seeing older eggs at the grocery store then?
I wondered about that with the low prices a few months ago, checked dates on cartons, can't remember exact numbers but they were pretty damn fresh.
Folks seeing these low prices should look at the dates...would be interesting data.
Interesting video discussing a homesteader who went into numerous grocery stores and discovered the date the eggs are packed into the containers and the "best used by..." dates can sometimes be widely varied. "Fresh eggs" may have been packed weeks or months before you pull them from the shelf to your cart.
When it comes to mill house mass production egg suppliers, no price can justify to me what it costs to raise my own.
The way I understand it to read the numbers on the carton.
For example, using the number 90 would mean 90 days into the year, roughly 3 months.
That is the date for that box, the eggs went into a carton and got dated.
They could be up to 30 days old at that point.
And they use a best by date on the carton also.
Walmart here has the eggs for 49 cents a dozen.
Aldi again .53 this week.
I stopped at a chicken farm while running a errand today.
My chickens are going low on egg number currently and I though if I could pick
up some brown eggs, I would be able to maintain my customer base at the market
till my hens pick back up. So I asked how much and she said $ 1 a dozen .
I told her I would like 10 dozen.
So I noticed her walk into her walk in cooler and there was 15 dozen bulk cartons
on the shelves. So I asked how much if I took 15 dozen. She said 50 cents a dozen.
I told her I would take the 15 dozen box full. Please and thank you
Had a friend with me and she also got a 15 dozen box. Cousin does farmers markets.
Walmart here has large eggs for $1.18. Local grocery has them for $.83.
the reenactment just ended, and bike week is kicking off, so I'm sure they're keeping prices high because the tourists will buy them.
Wait, what.....So you're going to sell your Farmers Market customers egg factory eggs?
I do NOT do a farmers market. Used to years ago.
This is a different market that I do now.
These are organic brown eggs from a farmer.
They have about 2000 hens. Birds are not in cages. Long building.
I have to have extra eggs to stay ahead of my competition.
My regular customers at home get MY eggs.
The other customers at the show are not consistent regulars.
A few are and they also will get MY eggs.
It's kind of hard to explain.
My competition asked me last week how much I get for eggs and
said he was going to bring some next week ( tomorrow ).
I can't lose any more sales because of him.
Well I only have had to buy the extra eggs 1x.
Won't have to anymore, as I just bought some 1 year old production hens and
for birds in a molt, they are laying very well. Went from 2 dz eggs a day to
just over 5 dz a day. Problem solved
I can understand not wanting to deal with "uncertainty", but that is surely a shame. However, I guess that creates another selling point in the market when it becomes the norm, then some bakeries can advertise that they use "real eggs" and demand a premium for their products possibly supplementing their normally slim margins. Just too bad that more and more of the general population's diet is going to "fake" or "chemically infused" foods all the time.
Late to the party as usual, but a couple weeks ago, I paid $1.12/gallon for milk and the eggs were $.23/dozen at my local Walmart. West central GA.
She said she stopped at a "chicken farm" not an egg factory. Did sound to me like there was some quality control going on there.
I had to buy 2 dozen eggs in the last few weeks, as my old ones from May ran out & I have about 2-4 weeks until my new pullets start to lay. I bought expensive, soy free pastured (supposedly) grown relatively locally & their yolks were less orange them my chickens that are kept in a run. Then I bought a store brand of regular brown eggs that were on sale & the shells are thin! Can't wait for my organic soy free eggs to start up again. Don't care how much they cost me to have happy hens. They probably cost me $2.50-3.00 a dozen. I don't understand the "buy the cheapest" product you can mentality. Do you really think you get quality meat for a $1 something a pound or eggs for 50 cents? No thanks.
I did not buy eggs, I bought the milk. I just said the eggs were 23 cents.
I don't think I could even sell an empty egg carton for $.23. Bet I'd still lose money.
Can be a fine line there
Define fine line please.
I stopped ONE time and bought eggs, out of a walk in cooler on the farm.
It was a spur of the moment decision. I bought chickens from this farmer, that same day.
Now those chickens are laying decent and keeping me current.
( the point I was trying to make was the 50 cents a dozen I paid...CHEAP )
Yesterday I bought 10 pullets at point of lay for $ 6 each. Different breeds.
So I will sell off the Isa Browns I bought from the farmer and go with these