Sudden grower feed price increase?

cnicho05

Chirping
5 Years
Feb 22, 2014
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Owosso, MI
Hello,

While raising my chickens I've always purchased their feed at one of two locations (TSC or Family Farm and Home). Typically, I can purchase a 50 lbs bag of grower feed for about $10.00 and 50 lbs bags of cracked corn for about $7.00 when there are no specials going on. When either store does have a sale going on I can purchase either of these bags for about 10-25% off the original price...which saves me a LOT of money.

When I went to both stores this last week I quickly uncovered a sudden increase in the price of both feeds and the change of one. Firstly, the grower feed I traditionally purchase is now "starter/grower" and has gone up about $6.00 per bag. Secondly, the cracked corn which I normally purchase has increased by $2.99 per bag (and also decreased by 5 lbs).

With my recent feed purchase exceeding $75.00 I wanted to know if anyone else had seen any sudden increases in feed cost? Does anyone have any suggestions for alternative feed stores?
 

donrae

Hopelessly Addicted
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Jun 18, 2010
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My feed prices have creeped steadily, but no big recent jumps. Your earlier price sounds very, very low to me, though. My all-in-one feed is $15something a bag, and scratch is I think $12. Last time I bought cracked corn last fall it was only a dollar or two cheaper than the feed.
 

hellbender

Crowing
6 Years
Sep 2, 2013
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My feed prices have creeped steadily, but no big recent jumps. Your earlier price sounds very, very low to me, though. My all-in-one feed is $15something a bag, and scratch is I think $12. Last time I bought cracked corn last fall it was only a dollar or two cheaper than the feed.
And some people whine at $ 2.50 to $3.00 per dozen eggs. I think Walmart sells 'Brown' eggs but we producers of free range high quality eggs know what it takes to produce that special flavor and inch-high yolks when the eggs are turned out on to a hot skillet.

For these whiners, as much as any other reason, I looking forward to putting eggs from the Austra-White's eggs this winter....Their eggs should be large to extra large and the shell color should be at best, 'cream colored'...

For the 'whiners' I may increase the price by $.10 or even $.25 cents per dozen, just to watch the veins stick out in the veins on their necks...
 

Coralietg

Songster
9 Years
Apr 10, 2010
581
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Opelousas, LA
I would ask at the store about the sudden (large!) increase. I agree, your earlier costs were quite low. It is strange to have such a big jump in cost though. We pay $14.99 for 50lbs of starter, and $12.99 for 50lbs of lay pellets. I just bought 50lbs of chopped corn at TSC for $8.99 which was a little lower than my feed stores price of $10.99 for 50lbs.
 

donrae

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Jun 18, 2010
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And some people whine at $ 2.50 to $3.00 per dozen eggs. I think Walmart sells 'Brown' eggs but we producers of free range high quality eggs know what it takes to produce that special flavor and inch-high yolks when the eggs are turned out on to a hot skillet.

For these whiners, as much as any other reason, I looking forward to putting eggs from the Austra-White's eggs this winter....Their eggs should be large to extra large and the shell color should be at best, 'cream colored'...

For the 'whiners' I may increase the price by $.10 or even $.25 cents per dozen, just to watch the veins stick out in the veins on their necks...
I am very unapologetic about the price of my eggs (currently $3/dozen). It's a quality product and you either want it or you don't. Most folks don't bat an eye at the price. I did have one couple go on about how they could get eggs so much cheaper at the store----all the while basically telling me I was an idiot for going through chemo and how "all cancer could be cured with the correct nutrition". Sure, you go ahead and cure your cancer with your Wal-Mart eggs. Did I have mixed feelings when their father passed from his bladdar cancer a month later? Yes, yes I did. However, the father was 86 years old and quite ready to go see Jesus, so it was all good.

OP--sorry, not meaning to hijack....
 

hellbender

Crowing
6 Years
Sep 2, 2013
3,531
1,143
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I am very unapologetic about the price of my eggs (currently $3/dozen). It's a quality product and you either want it or you don't. Most folks don't bat an eye at the price. I did have one couple go on about how they could get eggs so much cheaper at the store----all the while basically telling me I was an idiot for going through chemo and how "all cancer could be cured with the correct nutrition". Sure, you go ahead and cure your cancer with your Wal-Mart eggs. Did I have mixed feelings when their father passed from his bladdar cancer a month later? Yes, yes I did. However, the father was 86 years old and quite ready to go see Jesus, so it was all good.

OP--sorry, not meaning to hijack....
Hijack my butt...I love it!!!
 

Jerschicks

In the Brooder
6 Years
Dec 3, 2013
23
0
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North Pole, Alaska
I wish my feed was this cheap!!! I am currently paying $26/50 lb bag of both chick starter and broiler grower. With my 35 hens and 11 CX, I go through a bag of each roughly every 10 days.
 
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