We were heading out of town for Thanksgiving to see my family, so I decided to take 2 doz eggs with me. My mom was very excited to see the eggs and said that while visiting my brother in northern California, that they paid $4 for a dozen eggs. I almost laughed out loud! We just started with chickens in March and have built a coop ($400), bought the chicks, heat lamp, food and watering containers, and lots and lots of chick starter, then chicken layer, scratch, and mealworms and we've even tried organic food for a while. I think our eggs cost about $75 per dozen!! I suppose that over time our average price per dozen will begin to go down, but I can't imagine recouping all our money!! And that doesn't even count all the time we've spent!! Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade it for the world as my kids love them and I do too, but it sure did make me laugh!!