The American Egg Board estimates about 6% of the laying hen population has been affected.
Hatcheries across the country saw a surge in orders when the lockdown began. The chickens came first, then the eggs.
Staying home is making Americans cook breakfast at home. Demand for eggs and other breakfast staples is pushing prices up for retailers.
The Trump administration has proposed doing away with a rule that mandated that organic egg laying chickens spend time outdoors.
Chickens aren't vegetarians. But there's a market for eggs from vegetarian-fed hens.
A 1935 program authorizes the U.S.D.A's purchase of excess commodities, like eggs.