Sunday, March 16, 2008
Chicken Feed, on the rise BIG TIME!
Last week, when I was in the feed store, I was told that chicken feed would be increasing in price BIG TIME! In the last couple of months laying pellets have increased from $9.00 per bag to $12.35, a rather sharp jump in such a short time. If this is any indication of how bad it's going to be I'm getting worried.
I currently go through about 4-5 bags of laying pellets and 1-2 bags of hen scratch per month. I have noticed in the hen scratch the dried corn has been replaced by dried peas, the quality is going down and the price is going up! The clerk told me that she would be writing down $12.35 on my bill because by the time the invoice would be mailed out the price would probably be much higher. I often give eggs away but chickens cost money. It's not just feed, it's electricity to heat the coop too. I have a timed heat light which is currently on from 4:00 AM until noon, and when it's much colder this light will run 24/7. During the summer months the heat light is switched to a regular bulb and that helps.
My question of the week to you is: How much would you be willing to pay for a dozen eggs? These are totally farm fresh, chickens running in the yard, no cages, no fences, no medications; just wholesome clean fresh eggs. There are two questions on this survey, would you take a brief moment to answer?
This is the first time I've used Quibblo to conduct a survey so if there is any problems please leave a comment.
Oh I should add that the price of free range eggs in our Canadian grocery store is $5.99 per dozen! The carton has printed on it "The chickens have access to outside pasture and feed on the natural ground cover and other flora and fauna." This could mean they are in a contained run or not, but I can't be sure.