This week, kids across the country will be delighted to hunt for eggs that they colored and left to be hidden by the Eastern bunny.
Lucky for consumers, egg prices did not experience a seasonal bump, according to American Farm Bureau Federation economists. Instead, an increase in the supply of eggs has placed downward pressure on retail prices.
“At 79 cents per dozen, retail egg prices showed a moderate price decline two weeks prior to Easter, rather than the normal seasonal bump,” explained AFBF Economist Michael Nepveux. In March, wholesale large egg prices averaged 93 cents per dozen, a 56 percent decline compared to a year ago.
Where were those eggs produced? According to the 2017 Census, these five states are home to the most laying hens in the country: Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Texas. Check out the map below. Hover over each state to see how many hens are laying eggs in that state.