- Egg prices are soaring amid inflation and a nationwide avian flu outbreak.
- Shoppers in California can expect the priciest eggs at nearly $8 for a dozen, The Washington Post reports.
- One user joked about painting potatoes instead of eggs for their Easter celebration.
Shoppers are taking notice of the rising cost of a dozen eggs at their local grocery stores, and the online jokes are egg-zactly what we need right now.
An outbreak of avian influenza in February 2022 has affected around 58 million chickens, the US Department of Agriculture reported.
The deadly infection kills 90% to 100% of affected chickens within a couple of days, according to information reported by Insider’s Alex Bitter. As a result, poultry products — eggs included — are costing shoppers more.
In November, the price of eggs was 49% higher than the same month in 2021, according to the Insider report.
—Seto Kaiba 🧙🏽♂️ (@seto__kaibaa) January 12, 2023
“I don’t know whether to pay my mortgage this month or buy a carton of eggs,” one user wrote.
As of January, an 18-count carton of extra large white eggs is listed for $7.52 on Walmart’s website. California shoppers reportedly face an even steeper price, paying about $7.37 for only a dozen, according to the Washington Post.
—King Eddie just my luck 😩‼️ go birds tho 🦅 (@BLaze4490) January 10, 2023
Another user joked about needing help from buy-now-pay-later service Klarna to purchase a dozen of eggs. The tweet garnered over two million views and nearly 70,000 likes.
—. (@Notdojaaa) January 10, 2023
It’s unclear when consumers can expect egg prices to drop, but farmers are reportedly recovering faster from avian outbreaks among their chickens, Emily Metz, president of the American Egg Board, told the Washington Post.
“In 2015, it took farms about nine months to get flocks laying again; now it’s taking about six months. Most farms affected in 2022 are already back to laying and supplying eggs again,” Metz said, according to the report.