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February 17, 2007



I'm in the process of raising 2 chickens in my backyard, total cost of the project is around $300. I don't think we have bobcats in Pomona, CA. I do however have a german shepherd that I have to keep out of the coop until she learns the chicks are to protected, not a late night snack.

Based on $8 a dozen, and assuming 150 eggs per year per chicken, I break even in less than 2 years. It will probably take longer if a few end up being snacks along the way.



Speaking from a farmer's perspective, this is where it's a good idea to actually get to know the farmer and find out what kind of costs they're dealing with.

I'd imagine that in CA, the costs are exorbitant, that can also depend on their location, and how far they are from a wealthy urban center. More importantly, is it a true profit farm, where the profits need to pay the bills, or is it more of a recreational farm, based on values and lifestyle, and charging $8 an egg because they can afford to exclude a good deal of their customer base?

The difference is that the former will be able to crunch the numbers with you and say "THIS is why I need to charge $8 an egg." When you see that someone's making an earnest effort to make a living, and how the numbers add up, $8/dozen might be more approachable. But if it's someone charging that much just because they can, that's another story.



This is why I live in Ohio and not in California, as much as I adore the Bay Area. Our cost of living is way, way lower, even on stuff like organic, locally grown foods.

I spend around $3.00 a dozen for organic, free range, locally produced eggs, year round.


So, uh, no, I wouldn't pay $8.00 a dozen for eggs. That is really ridiculous, if you ask me, even for California.


I buy mine in packages of 18 for about $2. They're certainly 'sweat shop eggs' and have ADVERTISING printed on them!

Talk about horrifying


I have raised my own hens for eggs and although it started out being very fun, it did not end up that way. (long story, involving bobcats) I bet those eggs cost us about $8 per dozen! But boy were they yummy. Now I have fresh local organic eggs delivered to my door every other week for $4.15 per dozen. I didn't know what a bargain that was until I read this! I think the price jumped because hens don't lay as well in the darker winter months. Price may go down as the days grow longer.....

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