BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A strain of bird flu across the country has forced farmers to kill millions of laying hens, reducing the nation’s egg supply and nearly doubling egg prices.
It’s a rising cost that McKay Cottage and The Victorian Cafe, two Bend restaurants specializing in breakfast items, have both faced in recent weeks.
“It’s amazing,” Pam Morgan, owner of McKay Cottage, told NewsChannel 21 on Tuesday.
Morgan has seen egg prices rise from $18 at the start of the year to $28 and now $45.
John Nolan, the owner of the Victorian Cafe for 20 years, said he recently paid $60 for an order of eggs.
It’s not just bird flu that’s driving up the cost of eggs and other items, it’s also inflation. Nolan said he used to pay $6 for an order of eggs when he took over the restaurant in 2002. Inflation forced both restaurants to raise menu prices.
“It’s really been a constant battle for a few years here of really what we’re going through,” Nolan said.
Last year, McKay Cottage raised prices by around $1, while The Victorian Cafe raised prices for the first time in 2.5 years.
“I raised my prices,” Nolan said. “At this point, I’m wondering how not to bring them up all the time.”
“Now we are in a position where we have accepted and we have to overcome these problems,” he said. “And we have a positive view that we’re tough enough to get through this – if not alone, then together.”