Now We Seem to Have Conspiracy Theories About Egg Production

@celticeagle (144692)
Boise, Idaho
February 2, 2023 6:59pm CST
I like eggs So many delicious dishes can be fixed with eggs. How about ham and eggs? Or quiche? A nice omelet or tasty egg salad? There is a lot to be said about eggs. But lately, the price of a dozen of the little gems has skyrocketed. A Grade A dozen eggs in U.S. cities has seen a huge raise of 137% from a year ago. In December the price of eggs was an average of $4.25 which is up $1.79 from a year ago. The reason given is a shortage of eggs. In my usual wandering around the internet, I am even finding that there are conspiracy theories about the reason for the shortage. Most of the reasoning from the Department of Agriculture is that is a "highly pathogenic Avian influenza" which has killed millions of chickens across the country. So with the shortage comes a sizeable price hike. Now that sounds normal. But there are stories on Facebook and Twitter of chicken feed being tampered with and causing chickens to no longer lay eggs. There is a Tik Tok video that claims RNA is being added to the feed. (RNA is a naturally occurring nucleic acid that is found in all living cells) There is no proof that this synthetic version of RNA is being put in chicken feed. There is a normal decline in egg laying during the winter months. I am wondering if this decline in egg-laying may have to do with our bizarre weather patterns over the last few years. Could there be a change in the production of the feed? Why would anyone put something in the feed? What are your thoughts on this issue?
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@DaddyEvil (118728)
• United States
3 Feb
Anything organic that is added to chicken feed will be treated by the stomach just like the rest of the feed. In order for chickens to be affected by RNA, it has to be injected into them.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
Good to know.
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@ifa225 (14493)
• Indonesia
3 Feb
All the chicken in Indonesia get vaccinated, perhaps that is where the RNA derived
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@DaddyEvil (118728)
• United States
3 Feb
@ifa225 Are you vaccinating them? The ones in the US aren't being vaccinated. That would cost too much.
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@jstory07 (127228)
• Roseburg, Oregon
3 Feb
The Government is looking into the reason. Eggs are really high right now.
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@akalinus (38134)
• United States
3 Feb
I think it is a lot of price gouging. It seems that money is more important than people are.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
@akalinus .........It sure seems that way, doesn't it?
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@marguicha (201517)
• Chile
3 Feb
Maybe hens, like some human beings lately, donĀ“t want to become mothers Seriously, at least in my country every everything has a higher price than what it had last year. Still, eggs are still proteins cheaper thn meat. And delicious.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
Hope they don't go much higher.
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@marguicha (201517)
• Chile
3 Feb
@celticeagle I hope so. Most of my proteins come from egg dishes now.
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@akalinus (38134)
• United States
3 Feb
I wish I could get some chickens but I am living in a condo now. They probably would not believe that hens are dogs or cats.
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@kaylachan (43058)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
3 Feb
People really need to figure out what to do with their lives. If we have the means to lower the cost to raise chickens, we need to do so, instead of relying on forgiven relationships.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
We do need to do something.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
@kaylachan ........RIght on!
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@kaylachan (43058)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
3 Feb
@celticeagle Yeah, like using our own resources to cut costs.
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@RubyHawk (85152)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Feb
I really don't have a clue, I thought maybe the price of chicken feed has gone up drastically, or maybe disease has killed a lot of chickens.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
Well, there is that one Avian influenza.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Feb
@RubyHawk .........Know just never know what happens out in the chicken yard.
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@RubyHawk (85152)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Feb
@celticeagle That's another possibility.
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• Rupert, Idaho
3 Feb
Eggs are not my favorite, but they are a good protein. I had heard about the feed thing, but not sure what to believe. Think some want us to starve, or something.... the weather idea is a better one although not necessarily good either.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
Starving is probably next on the list of things to do to us.
• Rupert, Idaho
4 Feb
@celticeagle I wouldn't be surprised. Not sure this is a world I want to live in any more
@ifa225 (14493)
• Indonesia
3 Feb
I read in twitter that the shortage happens because eggs can hellp to reduce the vaccine effect, even eliminate it to zero. That could be a big loss for big pharma. I don't know if this is true or not
@much2say (51518)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Feb
Just why would anyone want chickens to not lay eggs anymore or lay less with RNA - I mean, what is the point of that? Oh the things people will make up .
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
Yes, indeed. Oh, the things.
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@koopharper (7398)
• Canada
3 Feb
I've heard a popular Youtuber go off on this and I kind of question how much he knows about chickens. He said that people have noticed that their hens slowed egg production in September and they stopped by November. That's actually normal in small home flocks. It has to do with the days getting shorter not something put in the feed. Commercial egg operations give the chickens artificial light to keep them laying.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
That sounds appropriate.
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@wolfgirl569 (73335)
• Marion, Ohio
3 Feb
No one I know has had a problem with the bird flu. I think it has been hyped up. Winter always slows production down. But most of the eggs in the stores are from climate controlled buildings so those chickens are not affected
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
Yes, what life they have is climate controlled.
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@RasmaSandra (62663)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
3 Feb
My thoughts presently are that I refuse to take my usual order of 18 eggs now over $7 I can exist without eggs for a while and besides I did not eat eggs every day.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Feb
We just got a dozen this time. That $7 price on 18 is about what it is here and I just can't see for eggs.
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@akalinus (38134)
• United States
3 Feb
I have heard this theory. I saw videos by some people who said their hens started laying again after they fed them a different brand of chicken feed. I wonder where the bad chicken feed came from. I think it could be China.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Feb
It could just be something in the normal feed.
• Eugene, Oregon
3 Feb
Good grief, I can't believe the theories people come up with these days. I'll believe the Dept of Agriculture until it is disproven.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
Same here.
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@andriaperry (117389)
• Anniston, Alabama
3 Feb
I don't know, I got eggs for a cheap $2.99 yesterday.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Feb
That's a pretty good price really.
@LindaOHio (116448)
• United States
3 Feb
I think it's the Avian Flu. Now there is news that it may be crossing to other mammals. This could be catastrophic.
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@celticeagle (144692)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Feb
that would be the most common answer I would think. Scary if they let it get out of hand.
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