Rising Price Of Eggs Hatches Plans For Chicken Coops In Mass.

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BRAINTREE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's no secret that prices have been on the up, but the soaring costs of eggs is enough to send many scrambling to find other sources.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the price of eggs has risen 267 percent in the last year, something that's spurring many to build their own chicken coops. WBZ's Jim MacKay spoke to Tanya of Braintree, who said getting a town permit to raise chickens was one of the best decision she's made.

"It's not just having a pet; it's having food on a regular basis. It's just great to have, it's great for the children to see where their food is coming from," Tanya said.

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Federal officials say supply chain problems, labor shortages, and severe strains of the avian flu affecting U.S. farms are to blame for the price surge.

Residents that are interested in starting up their own chicken coop are urged to check their municipality's zoning laws and guidelines before hatching up a supply plan.

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