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USDA Chicken and Eggs Report - December 2010

24 January 2011
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - United States egg production totaled 7.90 billion during December 2010, up one per cent from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report for December 2010.

December egg production up one per cent

Production included 6.83 billion table eggs, and 1.07 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.00 billion were broiler-type and 67 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during December 2010 averaged 341 million, up 1 per cent from last year. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,313 eggs, up slightly from December 2009.

All layers in the United States on 1 January 2011 totaled 343 million, up 1 per cent from last year. The 343 million layers consisted of 285 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.5 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.82 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on 1 January 2011, averaged 74.2 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 per cent from 1 January 2010.

Egg-type chicks hatched down four per cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2010 totaled 37.9 million, down 4 per cent from December 2009. Eggs in incubators totaled 38.7 million on 1 January 2011, down 1 per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 264 thousand during December 2010, down 15 per cent from December 2009.

Broiler-type chicks hatched up one per cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during December 2010 totaled 786 million, up 1 per cent from December 2009. Eggs in incubators totaled 635 million on 1 January 2011, up slightly from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.50 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during December 2010, down 2 per cent from December 2009.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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