Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection, as well as some Olive Eggers just for fun.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Cost of Chicken Feed Isn't... Chicken Feed

Price Increase

I need to announce a price increase from $3.50 to $3.75 for a carton of eggs, or $13.00 for four dozen. Because of the price increases for absolutely everything over the past few years, we simply must raise our prices. To give you a few examples, the cost of a bag of feed has risen from $11.50 four years ago to $15.56 per bag today. Pine shavings, which we use for bedding in the hen house, have risen from $3.50/bag to $6.50/bag. A plain, recycled paper egg carton is now 33 cents, up from the 26 cents it cost us when we started. Heck, even the cost of a baby chick has risen from $2.50 to $3.50 per chick. It's not something we want to do, but if we want to keep selling eggs we need to realistically look at our pricing versus what it costs us to produce eggs in a humane, healthy way.

Credit Cards

I'm kind of exited to announce that we are now able to accept credit cards! We got a spiffy new card reader that allows us to take credit cards anywhere we have a wifi connection. We hope it will make buying eggs from us more convenient for everyone.


Lastly, I know that you've really come for pictures of chickens, so here are some of the girls hanging out on the perch and relaxing. :)