Local farmers offer alternatives to high grocery store egg prices

A new business in Austin is helping people get their backyard chicken farms started and raise them from chicks.

Austin, Texas –

As people struggle with the price of eggs, there are other options for them, including local farms and a way to take matters into your own hands.

Sam Moffett owns Shirttail Creek Farms and sells his eggs in his shop, Local pasturesand local farmers markets.

“They’ve gone up with inflation this year, but we haven’t had to raise the price anywhere near the way other egg producers have had to,” Moffett said.

“Most of the locally produced eggs you can get from farmers like me are pasture raised. So these are healthier birds to begin with.

Another option is to raise and collect your own eggs.

“It’s very possible and a really excellent alternative to buying store-bought eggs,” said Chelsea Combs. “Austin is a great place to raise chickens and you really don’t need a lot of space to do that.”

Combs recently opened her shop,”Chicken Tender ATX,‘ where she helps people start their backyard farms and raise them from chicks. She says Austin is becoming very chicken friendly.

“It’s definitely doable, and it’s so much fun and rewarding,” said Mary Richards. She and her family have had chickens for two years, with the help of Combs’ business.

Combs said she’s so thankful for her pets and doesn’t even realize when the price of eggs goes up.

“I mean, with everyone trying to save so much right now with inflation, it’s one less thing to worry about or think about,” Combs said.

While the beginning might have been a learning curve, she says it was a “jack of all trades” decision.

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