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KSBY: As egg prices soar, Central Coast farms see major demand for chicks

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

White baby chicks in the grass
Leghorn Baby Chicks

The omelet many Central Coast residents make for breakfast might cost a bit more due to the coronavirus impact on egg prices, which have nearly doubled in price at some supermarkets in response to increased demand.

...Instead of forking over more money for eggs, some consumers are taking a different route.

"We sell out of about 600 to 1500 baby chicks within 15 minutes every week on the website," Megan Raff, who owns Dare 2 Dream Farms in Lompoc, said.

Dare 2 Dream Farms sells chicks in pairs for $8 each. It takes about six months before the bird is mature enough to lay eggs.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, Raff said sales have increased by about 500 percent.

"The only reason that number isn't higher is we can't get any more baby chicks in," Raff said.

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