When I saw the headliner that a dozen eggs are 49 cents this week at ALDI, I felt like vomiting. I realize so many items we consume are made at the cost of others, but for me eggs are personal, so it hits home. Even hens who lay best don't always lay one egg a day. I have five hens and they average about three eggs a day (below: for some reason they all lay in the same nest spot).
Two are not good layers, but one is excellent--my Rhode Island Red, Laurie (below).
Twelve eggs. It would take her roughly half a month to lay that many eggs. (Below: their indoor area.)
She has to be fed, housed and cared for. I'd also have to use some kind of middleman and transport those eggs in order to sell them. What about the container? Storage costs? (Below: Their outdoor area.)
Half a month of work for her for 49 cents? That's what she's worth?
I've seen pictures like these before, but I truly cannot fathom what conditions must be like for so many hens in our world.
I know there are many, many, many causes out there, but maybe you will consider finding a local, less cruel source for eggs if you can. I wish I could supply eggs for everyone I know, but I only have so many.