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I'm getting about 8-9 dozen a week and raised my prices 50% a few weeks ago but, for some reason, I still am losing money on them. We use about 1 dozen a week and the rest are given to 1 neighbor, 2 relatives, and 4 friends. I never was good at math, but I think my business model sucks.

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That's okay.

My business model sucks, too, but I know that people who need eggs are getting them.
Yep. Chickens are my hobby and I would have them even if no one wanted the eggs. I am fortunate that there is still a feed mill operating near us where they still grind chicken feed into a powder. Chickens love it and there is very little waste because chickens can't flip it out on the floor like they do the processed pellets and crumbles they sell at the farm stores. The ground feed is also a bit cheaper. I paid $11.50 per 50 pound bag a couple weeks ago.

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There are some big egg companies out there. We have a lot of chicken houses here in my county. If there is a confirmed case of avian flu locally all back yard flocks have to be killed along with the thousands of birds in those big chicken houses. The houses here are for Peco fryers

rankCompanyNumber of hens (millions)
1Cal-Maine Foods46,78
2Rose Acre Farms27,59
3Hillandale Farms20
4Versova Holdings LLP19,95
5Daybreak Foods14,48
6Michael Foods11,91
7Center Fresh Group11,5
8MPS Egg Farms11,1
9Prairie Star Farms9,3
10Gemperle Family Farms8,6
11Opal Foods8,39
12Herbruck's Poultry Ranch8,3
13Weaver Brothers8
14Sauder's Eggs6,6
15Rembrandt Enterprises6,25
16Kreider Farms6,1
17Hickman's Egg Ranch6
18Mid-States Specialty Eggs6
19Hidden Villa Ranch5,5
20Sparboe Farms5,48
21Fremont Farms of Iowa5,3
22S&R Egg Farm4,78
23Wabash Valley Produce4,7
24ISE America4,56
25Sunrise Farms Inc.4,5
26Cooper Farms4,33
27Minnich Poultry3,94
28Ritewood/Oakdell Egg Farms3,68
29Konos Inc.3,4
30Creighton Brothers3,2
31Forsman Farms3,1
32Esbenshade Farms2,8
33Berne Hi-Way Hatchery Inc.2,4
34Sunrise AcresEgg Farms2,38
35Central Valley Eggs2,3
36Giroux's Poultry Farm2,3
37Pearl Valley Eggs2,23
38Kreher's Eggs2,2
39Hamilton Eggs LLC2
40Schipper Eggs LLC1,82
Lucky for me, mine aren't in the backyard. They are across the lane in a barn.;)
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