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 I have noticed in the hen scratch the dried corn has been replaced by dried peas, the quality is going down and the price is going up!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?

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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.

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Sorka said...

I can tell you down here that free range eggs range from $1.30-2.00 a dozen. Now if you have not charged before I would reckon people would be more than glad to pay $1 a dozen.. It should at least offset the cost a bit.
Things are bad all around! With no relief in site.. the corn from the feed is most likely going to make fuel as there is a big push for that and it is most likely more lucrative than selling it for feed..

Anonymous said...

put all your egg money in a jar and no free eggs for you or anyone. Those chickens should be paying rent too. For covering heat,light bulbs etc. If you don't have enough money in the jar maybe you should be eating chicken stew. Sydney would probably enjoy this little business. She will learn to keep books.

dawn said...

My sisters get 75 chickens a year and rotate in different areas according to age, so they leave by attrition. They get chop from the farm and give them laying mash. I sell a lot of eggs for them and my aunt. Same deal with outside access. We sell the eggs currently for $2.00 a dozen, but are likely to raise the price in fall. We will be getting chickens this spring as well to supply to the customers we have. Eggs are still a cheap form of protein so I said I would pay $4.00 for them. I think we are going to find food prices going through the roof in the next little while. I am planning to grow a lot of pumpkins and squash to supplement the diets in the winter. They love that stuff, and pumpkins help them to lay more. I hope that will reduce the amount of feed by even one or two bags.

daisy2214 said...

I'd sure like to know were these people live that only pay $1.00-$2.00for a dozen eggs. on van. island we pay up to $2.79 for lrg eggs,in the grocery store.more for free range.
a lady up the street sells farm fresh eggs on an honor system,were you leave $3.50 in a box.and take the eggs from the cooler. she must do a great bussiness ,everytime we go up there to buy eggs they're always all sold out!! I think she needs to raise her price,people would definatly pay more than that. I know i would.
you should try doing something like that kans,