Glenn Polyn//February 22, 2023//
Glenn Polyn //February 22, 2023//
Press release: Manna Pro
As the country faces economic uncertainty and record high egg prices, Americans are flocking to backyard chickens to secure their own supply of this food staple. Manna Pro City Yolks surveyed its online community of backyard chicken owners and enthusiasts and found that more than half (52 percent) of respondents who aren’t currently chicken owners are considering backyard chickens. Among the factors impacting this decision, 85 percent noted it is to have a source of eggs, with 58 percent stating it is directly due to the high price of eggs.
“As mindsets have shifted over the last decade – and as seen during the pandemic and now with the rapid inflation of eggs – more families are trying to figure out how to create sustainability in their own backyards,” said Amanda Terbrock, poultry expert at Manna Pro and founder of the backyard chicken community City Yolks. “People are becoming increasingly concerned about where their food comes from, and they have the desire to be more self-sufficient and reduce their environmental impact – especially those living in urban and suburban areas.”
According to the 2021-2022 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, roughly 10.6 million U.S. households already own backyard chickens, a 6 percent increase in just two years. The recent spike in demand for backyard chickens due largely to high grocery prices has hatcheries nationwide receiving significant call volume inquiring about chicks, selling them at rates even faster than during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Manna Pro, a category leader in poultry products, started noticing considerable upticks in traffic and sales for chicken products beginning mid-January 2023, with sales of its egg incubator up 569 percent from this same time last year.
However, rushing into this hobby without the proper research and planning is like a chicken with its head cut off. In the same City Yolks survey, almost half (42 percent) of current backyard chicken owners said they wish they had been more educated before getting started.
For those considering transforming their backyards into urban barnyards, City Yolks shares the top five things everyone should know before getting started with backyard chickens:
“The joy of raising chickens, be it for food security, environmental impact, or just fun and companionship, is well worth it once you get into it,” said Terbrock. “The City Yolks community was created to champion people on their backyard chicken journey and to be the first place they go for advice, encouragement, or a laugh. We’re dedicated to being the No. 1 resource for urban and suburban chicken owners and we provide how-to guides via our YolkTube YouTube Channel for raising backyard chickens.”
For those making the leap into the backyard chicken journey, City Yolks also shares the top five tips to keep chicks happy and healthy for the best eggs:
Age of Egg-lightenment
Egg Inflation survey conducted by Manna Pro to online community of chicken enthusiasts, February 4-5, 2023