What’s happening to our Chickens and Eggs?
Could the chicken and egg crisis be related to Covid treatments?? We have chickens not laying eggs, egg prices surging, egg factories with mysterious fires and eggs as a possible Covid curative. This is a crazy story and we’re going to present you with some news and let you connect the dots. We’re not saying these things are related but we’re not NOT saying that either.
TRACTOR SUPPLY FEED REPORTEDLY CAUSING EGGLAYING
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Online claims have emerged, corroborated by others, that the popular “Producer’s Pride” chicken feed sold by the Tractor Supply chain has been recently altered and that its new formulation is causing chickens to stop laying eggs. Some suggest a deliberate reduction in the amount of protein in the feed may be causing the reduction in egg production.
Let’s hope this isn’t true. But anything is possible these days.
Hens do lay fewer eggs in the winter time due to reduced sunlight. Farmers have often used a light to expose hens to longer light so as to produce more egg-laying.
Yet farmer sources report that they are seeing a much-greater-than-normal reduction in egg production, to the point where many report that hens are laying zero eggs instead of merely a reduced laying frequency.
There is no word on whether this is a temporary or a permanent change among Tractor Supply feed. This news comes as chicken and egg prices reach historic highs, caused in part by Avian Flu, but also as rampant inflation under the Biden regime causing prices to erratically jump among suppliers and subsequently among common consumer products.
Egg prices have gone from $1.71 per dozen 18 months ago to an average over $7 per dozen today.
Not all hen layer feeds seem to be affected. In a quote to the Gateway Pundit, spokeswoman for Nature’s Best Organic Feeds Courtney Price said, “there have been absolutely no changes to our premium feed formulas” and that they have not heard any customer criticisms or complaints about their non-GMO chicken feed products.
Price continued, “We pride ourselves here at Kreamer Feed on premium nutrition for animals nationwide, and all of the products in our organic, non-GMO brand Nature’s Best Organic Feeds line is no exception.”
The U.S. poultry feed market is $5 billion per year. Two of the most popular chicken feeds available for, and marketed to, backyard chicken homesteaders are “Producer’s Pride” owned by the Tractor Supply corporation and the “Dumor” brand owned by Purina.
These two layer feeds seem to be the primary brands mentioned by those experiencing chicken flocks who suddenly stop laying eggs. Recent reports of chickens not laying comes in the wake of ongoing public concerns that the World Economic Forum is artificially causing food scarcity.
The WEF has been widely criticized for repeatedly encouraging citizens to eat bugs in lieu of animal protein. Tractor Supply’s CEO is Hal Lawton, based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tractor Supply is a publicly-listed company with $13 billion in annual revenue, 46,000 employees, and 2,003 locations in 49 U.S. states. Tractor Supply is specifically marketed to more rural Americans, where their company tagline is “for life out here.”
Tractor Supply has a board of directors composed of 10 individuals. One of them, Joy Brown, is a former executive for Vanguard, an index fund with $5 trillion under management.
The three big index funds, Vanguard, BlackRock, and State Street, substantially financially support the World Economic Forum for the western world, and sources say also for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for the eastern world.
These various funds are also behind the “social credit” and “ESG” left-wing movements among corporate America to force businesses into left-wing economic and cultural compliance.
Another current Tractor Supply board member, Thomas Kingsbury, bragged about implementing ESG initiatives while an executive at Kohl’s. Another Tractor Supply board member Andre Hawaux is a former executive with ConAgra, which has been criticized for using genetically modified organisms to change the genetic composition of its foods which dissident voices say causes sterility.
One Wyoming farmer described ConAgra to the Gateway Pundit as ‘a bunch of crooks’ that make seeds for farmers that eventually go sterile, and also make the soil sterile.
Part of their motivation, he says, is to use gene splicing which is, he says, “bad for both plants and humans.” ConAgra and other companies were widely criticized 20 years ago for developing sterile seeds on purpose, which critics labelled ‘suicide seeds’ or ‘terminator seeds’, that would stop seeds from reproducing so as to force farmers to continually buy seeds only from licensed distributors rather than growing their own replacements.
Most shocking is that another board member, Mark Weikel, was the President of Victoria’s Secret from 2003-2007. Victoria’s Secret is owned by Leslie Wexner. During this period of time from 2003-2007, as reported by the New York Times, Jeffrey Epstein had a power-of-attorney document that allowed him to hire, manage, and fire all of Wexner’s employees and manage all of his finances and entities.
The Gateway Pundit asked Mark Weikel point blank whether he reported directly to Jeffrey Epstein and he did not reply or deny as of publication time.
We reached out to Tractor Supply’s corporate media offices and they did not respond.
We reached out to the Food and Drug Administration’s designated media contact Janet Goodwin and they also did not respond.
We reached out to Mark Weikel on the board of Tractor Supply and he also did not respond. (Article by Ben Wetmore republished from TheGatewayPundit)
Globalist billionaire Bill Gates, who has a history of making uncannily prescient investments just before disaster strikes in the world, invested in artificial eggs before the price of eggs spiked.
The mystery surrounding the egg shortage and price spike is growing. Per the Consumer Price Index, egg prices have spiked 66% percent since last year. In response to the shortage of eggs, many consumers have turned to artificial plant-based eggs.
People around the globe have found themselves paying more for eggs at stores due to over 41 million egg-laying hens dying from the avian flu. There have also been a series of mysterious fires at egg factories around the US in recent months.
Bill Gates has a history of investing in everything that is artificial, including insect protein, Beyond Meat, and a cornucopia of vaccines. So it should come as no surprise that he invested in Hampton Creek, the company that is bringing artificial eggs to the mainstream.
Bill Gates became an advisor to the artificial egg company, and has been one of its most vocal supporters in the Silicon Valley world where Hampton Creek is based.
Shortly after investing, Gates would soon praise Hampton Creek’s artificial eggs in various blogs and speaking engagements.
Two years after it’s launch in 2013 an avian flu outbreak hit the globe which led to some consumer to turn to artificial plant based eggs for good, allowing the company to establish itself in US and European supermarkets.
Hampton Creek has since been renamed Eat Just and now also sells plant based meats under the brand name Beyond Meat.
Bill Gates has continued to support Eat Just and has advocated for more people to eat plant based meats in order to cut the carbon foot of methane (burps) produced by cows.
Meanwhile, In New Zealand, according to CNN. Of course everything is a “co-incidence”
Eggs have soared in cost around the world over the past year as avian flu decimated chicken flocks and fallout from Russia’s war with Ukraine raised the prices of energy and animal feed.
In the United States, egg prices have far surpassed the increase in other grocery items, soaring nearly 60% in the 12 months to December compared to the year before. In Japan, wholesale prices have reached a record high.
In New Zealand, which consumes more eggs per person than most countries, the squeeze has been exacerbated by a change in farming regulations. And rising costs have sparked a frenzy, with people hunting for hens online so they can secure their own supplies of the pantry staple.
On Tuesday, popular local auction site Trade Me told CNN that searches for chickens, and equipment related to caring for them, had spiked 190% so far this month, compared to the same period a month ago.
“Since the start of January, we have seen over 65,000 searches for chickens and other chicken-related items, like feeders, coops and food,” said Millie Silvester, a spokesperson for the company.
The shortage has also caused a particularly acute headache for bakers in the country.
“All the public are now trying to buy chickens for home because they can’t get eggs,” said Ron van Til, a bakery owner near the city of Christchurch, who has had to adjust how he makes his cakes and muffins.
Van Til said his sister was selling “four brand new chickens” on auction through Trade Me, fetching more than double the usual price.
The trend has prompted animal welfare advocates to warn against making impulse buys.
“Chickens live for a long time,” said Gabby Clezy, CEO of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in New Zealand. “They live from eight to 10 years, sometimes even longer depending on the breed.”
Clezy also noted that hens do not produce eggs their entire lives, and their laying habits are dependent on factors including their age and local climate.
“So if people are getting chickens solely because [they think] they’ll have a permanent supply of eggs, that just isn’t the case,” she said. “We’re asking people to consider them as companion animals, which they are.”
Trade Me has also urged customers on its marketplace to think through any purchases.
“It’s important that our members are aware of the responsibilities that come with owning chickens, and are well set up to care for them,” Silvester said in a statement.
Health experts are weighing in, too. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone signing up for a backyard coop should take special care when handling the animals and their eggs, particularly because of the risk of germs associated with salmonella.
New Zealand’s egg shortage has been linked to a long anticipated change in farming law, which took effect on January 1 this year.
The law prohibits the production of eggs from chickens kept in conventional or “battery cages” — typically cramped metal spaces that do not provide adequate welfare for hens, according to SPCA.
That’s why in 2012, the government announced a ban on such facilities.
But “a 10-year transition period away from conventional cages was introduced, to allow egg producers time to shift farming practices,” Peter Hyde, a representative for New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries, told CNN in a statement when asked about the current shortage.
“Egg producers had the option to move to colony cages, barns and free-range systems,” added Hyde, the ministry’s acting national manager of animal welfare and national animal identification and tracing compliance.
Hyde said that over the last 18 months, the ministry had “been in regular contact with operators, and visited farms needing to transition.”
Read the signs where all this is going
There are fears that a deadly bird flu outbreak sweeping the globe is the kind of “spillover event” that could spark a human epidemic.
The largest ever bird flu outbreak is spilling over into mammals, including mink, bears, otters and foxes, as fears grow that the deadly virus could evolve and spark a human pandemic.
The virus, formally known as the avian flu, has killed 208 million birds around the world. There have so far been at least 200 recorded cases in mammals, including grizzly bears in America and mink in Spain, as well as in dolphins and seals.
In the UK, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) tested 66 mammals, and found nine otters and foxes were positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1.
The animals were found to have a mutation of the virus that could make it easier to infect other mammals, but there was no evidence of transmission between them, the BBC reports.
It is believed they had fed on dead or sick wild birds infected with the virus.
But public health bosses warn the mutation in mammals could see the virus replicate, evolve and become more transmissible to humans.
“Experimental and field evidence have demonstrated that minks are susceptible and permissive to both avian and human influenza A viruses (and) could serve as a potential mixing vessel for the interspecies transmission among birds, mammals and humans,” a paper published in Eurosurveillance in January read.
There have already been hundreds of cases of humans catching the strain of avian flu sweeping bird populations and some mammals. A total of 864 human cases of H5N1 have been reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) since 2003, with 456 human deaths recorded, giving an estimated fatality rate of about 50 per cent.
But according to the WHO, the virus has “not acquired the ability for sustained transmission among humans. Thus the likelihood of human-to-human spread is low”.
“Due to the constantly evolving nature of influenza viruses, WHO continues to stress the importance of global surveillance to detect and monitor virological, epidemiological, and clinical changes associated with emerging or circulating influenza viruses that may affect human (or animal) health, and timely virus-sharing for risk assessment,” it added.
Although the mutated form of the H5N1 virus does not quickly jump to humans, it’s clear farms could act as incubators and reservoirs for the virus – just as they have done with Covid and other zoonotic diseases, The Telegraph reports.