How Much Do Caged Eggs Cost?
The egg industry is an imperative part of the US food system and supplies a nourishing yet cost-effective source of food protein. Eggs are relatively easy on your pocketbook since chickens are very efficient at making eggs.
Egg production processes differ depending on the personal necessities for growers according to production costs, animal health/welfare regulations, food safety, air quality standards, and waste management.
How much is it?
- Free-range eggs cost more as they are more expensive to make, requiring a wider land area, higher water supply, and a bigger capital than cage eggs. A dozen cage eggs cost around $2.50 – $3.50, while free-range eggs cost about $4.50 – $6.
- A grocery store generally sells eggs from both types of farms. On sale, eggs can be purchased for as little as $1 – $3 per carton of 12.
- Free range eggs cost more than cage eggs for the reason that free range eggs are produced by free range chickens. These are chickens that are able to roam free anytime during the day and acquire as much air and other natural in-take as the farmers deem important to form great eggs. Cage eggs, however, come from caged chickens which are all thronged together. This lack of fresh air means that caged chickens eggs are not as healthy or delicious.
What are the extra costs?
- Good packaging may mean a slightly higher cost in addition to the typical retail price.
- Well-known brands generally will have a higher price compared to other no name based brands or store brands.
What is going to be included?
- The eggs that you purchase that are generally packed in a carton. This carton will display nutrition information and may even offer egg cooking tips.
- Egg cartons can be recycled and used for many different house-hold things. For example, an egg carton can be used to sort things like buttons, screws, etc. Egg cartons are also great for many different kids’ crafts.
How can I save money?
- If you are willing to compromise slightly on the taste and health benefits, then cage eggs are the way to go.
- You can also try buying in bulk for home consumption such as buying 2 dozen eggs for the whole family to be used over a period of a week or two. After calculation, almost anything sold in bulk ends up costing less rather than purchasing per piece.
- Find a local farmer in your area from whom you can purchase the eggs. This will benefit you by offering you the freshest eggs at a probably cheaper price, and it will benefit the local farming community.
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