Egg Prices Soaring: Why Raising Chickens in Your Backyard May Be the Solution



Are you considering starting a backyard chicken flock for fresh eggs and a sense of self-sufficiency? 

While it may seem like a great idea, it’s essential to consider the financial aspects before deciding. Here’s what you need to know.

Egg-Cellent Savings or Money Pit?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price of a dozen large grade-A eggs from a grocery store in a U.S. metropolitan area was $1.83 in March 2018. In 2022 that price shot up to $4.25.

Choosing the Right Chickens for You

When choosing chickens, it’s important to remember that chickens are social animals and need at least four birds to huddle for warmth early on.

Raising Chicks vs. Adult Chickens

During this period between hatching and being ready to move into the coop, the chicks require a container with smooth sides, bedding material, a heat source, and specialized foodstuff which costs more than regular chicken feed.

Building a Coop on a Budget

When constructing a henhouse, the local farm store might offer intricate chicken coops that cost hundreds of dollars, but a basic one can be constructed from reclaimed materials.

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