Pay day is coming up on Friday. I am putting my grocery list together, and I am hesitating on adding one item to my list. You are probably rethinking your list too. Eggs have gotten WAY out of line as far as prices are concerned!

Price comparison

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, egg prices increased 49% from 2022 to November, and costs are likely to continue high through the first quarter of 2023, according to CNN and CNBC. BLS data showed the average price of a dozen Grade A eggs more than double to $3.59 in November 2022, up from $1.72 in November 2021. Due to the effects of avian flu, which reduced the availability of egg-laying chickens year-round, egg prices have increased since early 2022. But according to CNN, the situation has worsened due to increasing energy and feed expenses, as well as high consumer demand in the final part of the year because of baking customs for the holidays and people skipping meals.

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Why they are so expensive

Most people that enjoy anything with eggs would say it's because they are so good. Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year's avian flu pandemic has impacted more than 57 million birds in 49 states. According to NPR, the disease has mostly affected "layers," or birds bred for eggs, as opposed to "broilers," or chickens raised for meat. As a result, the sickness hasn't had a significant impact on poultry costs.

Experts say that high egg prices might persist into the first quarter of 2023, but that seasonal demand appears to be alleviating pricing pressures. However, any additional avian flu outbreaks could buck this pattern. I really want the eggs, so I guess I'll bite the bullet. See you in the egg isle in the coming days.

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