Why Are Egg Prices Rising Again?

By: Anneken Tappe · March 14, 2024 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

Easter celebrations could leave a larger crack in Americans’ budgets this year. Egg prices are on the rise again, just in time for the holiday.

Egg prices climbed 8.4% in February, per the consumer price index . A carton of eggs now costs just under $3 on average, up from roughly $2.50 in late 2023.

While that’s still down from January 2023, when egg prices reached a peak of nearly $5 per dozen, it’s an unwelcome surprise heading into the egg-heavy Easter period.

Easter Eggs

Typically higher demand leading up to Easter could play a role in the price bump.

But this year that high demand is running up against limited supply, thanks to a bird flu outbreak, which is affecting egg-laying hens across the U.S.

Even if you aren’t planning on dyeing Easter eggs, the higher price of a common ingredient and versatile protein source could still weigh on your budget in the short term.

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