The McGregor family weighs the benefits of a backyard chicken coop amid soaring egg prices

McGREGOR, Texas (KWTX). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans shell out an average of $4.25 for a dozen eggs. But for the Roden family, having their own backyard chicken coop allows them to recoup the costs and forgo grocery store prices.

“Because we can sell the eggs to friends and families, it sort of works out and we basically get the eggs for free,” Rin Roden said.

Over the past year, the cost of one package of chicken feed and chicken offal has gone up from $35 to $40.

“Things went up, so we had to increase the price of eggs,” Roden said. “I can tell you that if we feel something, everyone feels it.”

The Rodins increased the price of a dozen eggs from $5 to $6 due to increased costs. These high feed costs, increased demand for eggs around the holidays, and the outbreak of bird flu are pushing up the price of eggs in stores across the country.

“Now we get a dozen eggs a day and we’ve definitely noticed a higher need for eggs,” Roden said.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, egg prices rose almost 59.9% last month compared to the previous year. Some reports show that eggs are even flying off the shelves in some stores around the country.

“We don’t have to look for eggs when there aren’t enough eggs,” Roden said. “We don’t worry and we don’t worry about it because we have stocks.”

Now shoppers are flocking to buy the 10 dozen eggs sold at the Roden family home each week. The Rodens said they noticed that people were buying more from them.

“We sold six dozen to someone yesterday,” Roden said. “They are ready to stock up, these are excellent quality eggs.”

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