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Why Are Eggs Getting So Expensive?

If you noticed a sharp increase in the price of eggs recently, you’re not alone. Across the country prices for “conventional eggs” i.e. those produced at the lowest possible cost and with the greatest possible inhumanity to hens and people, are skyrocketing. Why? Avian Influenza, or bird flu, is the reason. The disease can spread from wild fowl on their spring migration to domestic agricultural operations. And because these birds live in such densely packed, dirty, inhumane environments, the producers have no choice but to destroy the entire population at that operation once they have a single identified infection – that can mean millions of birds on a single “farm” are lost at once. The result is that over 47 million birds have been put to death since the outbreak started, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch on June 18th.

Here’s the point. These cheap agricultural systems are risky and unsustainable. They only work, until they don’t. Then they shift huge costs and externalities to the communities that host them and to the consumers who buy their products.


At Pete & Gerry’s, we are not immune to Bird Flu, nor the need to raise prices at times when our costs increase; but because we farm responsibly year in and year out, our small farms, caring farmers, and humanely raised hens have a far better chance of avoiding this epidemic and other health risks like Salmonella over time. In fact, we’ve never had a single outbreak of either in our history. It costs more for us to farm this way. But it also means we don’t have to raise prices as often, or as sharply, when something goes wrong. We provide a far more sustainable and predictable price by being responsible caring farmers.

11 responses

  1. Thank you for all you do to bring us a healthier egg, from healthier hens. I appreciate your hard work.

  2. Jordan says:

    I would happily support these kinds of business practices, if I could afford to. I eat 9-15 eggs a day as part of my weightlifting nutrition. If I were to have to pay 4-6 dollars per dozen eggs, on my income, I’d go broke fast. As much as I like the flavor and quality of more expensive eggs, it’s just not an option for me right now.

    Maybe someday I would be able to afford more
    expensive, higher quality, sustainably farmed eggs.. But right now conventional eggs have a place in my hourly pay income, and there’s not a way around it that I’ve yet found.


    1. Jason says:

      Although I do not eat eggs at the rate you do, I myself am a weight lifter, runner and workout at an intense pace. There’s an old adage that states, “you are what you eat.” I only buy higher quality eggs and noticed a big difference when I eat low quality eggs. I would suggest finding an alternative protein source.

  3. kyle scott says:

    Ok, so how much are your eggs? Because all the organic eggs I’ve come across still cost more than conventional eggs.

    1. Family Farm Team says:

      Hi Kyle! Our eggs typically retail for between $4-$6 per dozen. Organic production typically adds around $1/dozen and producing eggs on small family farms that actually look like farms certainly adds to the cost. However, we feel that the quality is worth it. At the end of the day, massive production on an industrial scale involves a lot of risk. That risk can remain hidden by low prices for some time. However, when things go bad in industrial agriculture, they go REALLY bad. So, this summer we lost over 40 million laying hens in the US and now have commodity eggs at record level prices that seem to keep going up.

  4. Karen Moore says:

    Are your products sold in the Houston, TX area?

    1. Family Farm Team says:

      Hi Karen,

      You may find us at Central Market or The Fresh Market. Keep an eye on our retail locator on the website to learn about new distribution in your area.

  5. Michael Milhouse says:

    As much as I believe in sustainable agribusiness I am surviving on a very limited disability income and have to shop for my budget. I have been wondering
    why (at least in my area of rural South Carolina) I am able to by a carton of eighteen eggs for .78 cents. I assume these eggs are from large commercial operations but I can not afford to pass on the opportunity to have this high source of protein as part of my daily diet. I do feel rather guilty for supporting such practices as inhumane farming but at this point feel that I have no other choice. Can anyone
    explain how these eggs (as controversial as they may be) are so inexpensive, even considering how they may be farmed it seems almost impossible for these producers to be clearing much of a profit.

    1. Sarah Walls says:

      HI Michael,

      Thank you for your comment. There are many words found on egg cartons these days, and they can be very confusing to understand. If you’re not seeing the words “Cage Free” or “Free Range” or “Organic” on the cartons of eggs that you are buying, likely they are not. Some of these other “farms” have tried to make farming like building widgets. They have created mega factories, scaled up as much as possible, built an assembly line of sorts, systematically eliminated human intervention, creature comfort, or any other detail that could have a small cost associated with it, and built an egg producing machine that can put a carton of eggs on the shelf for under 2 bucks, and still leave a tidy profit for the shareholders.

      We do things quite differently here at Pete and Gerry’s. All of our Farms are Certified Humane which is widely known as the ‘gold standard’ of humane animal care. We were actually the first egg farm in the country to earn this seal and we are very proud of that. We partner with small family farms that raise our hens for us. At a maximum, we allow our farmers to have two barns because that’s the maximum amount that a family can run by themselves without hiring outside help. We feel like our hens will get the best treatment if their care isn’t outsourced. In general, we have far less challenges with disease and injury than conventionally raised, caged hens because we don’t overcrowd them, they have access to the outdoors, fresh air and water, and can socialize with their hen cliques. Our barns are airy, uncrowded, clean and safe. If in the rare circumstance a hen is discovered to have a health issue requiring antibiotics, and this is very rare, she will be segregated from the main flock and treated. Her eggs will not go into our cartons until she is fully recovered and off any medications.

      In factory farms, they will typically treat healthy hens with antibiotics as a prophylactic measure because they are in such close quarters, if one chicken gets sick, often thousands more will do so too. You can imagine how devastating this would be for that farm to lose that many chickens at once. We saw it last year when the Avian Influenza scare was in the Midwest.

      Finally, since the feed our hens receive is 100 percent organic, it costs more to produce. Our chickens receive organic grain which has no pesticides, no herbicides, no fungicides and no GMO’s. So you can be sure that the grain the chickens receive (in addition to the outdoor forage they enjoy) is of the best quality.

      No, we’re not the cheapest eggs on the shelf, but we do pride ourselves in providing top notch eggs, helping local family farming, and treating our hens humanely. We hope that helps to explain the difference!

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  7. Sheila says:

    I am ready to go buy some chicks and get my eggs that way. I bake a lot and it is just crazy. I am glad you are keeping your cost down for customers. Farming is an expensive business to begin with. Thank the good Lord for farmers like you and my brother in law and my grandpa who left this earthly life. It is also very hard work. Bless you and your family for all you do. Thank you.

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Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs not affected by egg recall!

Over 200 million eggs have been recalled recently by another company due to a concern over Salmonella stemming from a single Rose Acre Farms location in North Carolina.

None of our eggs are part of this recall as we would never produce eggs on a factory farm of that size or style. If you’re concerned about eggs you purchased recently, see what brands have been recalled.

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs are produced responsibly and safely on small family farms. Learn more about why our eggs are different.