USDA Chickens and Eggs
23 May 2012
United States egg production totaled 7.58 billion during April 2012, down 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.54 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 964 million were broiler-type and 73 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during April 2012 averaged 339 million, down slightly from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,233 eggs, down slightly from April 2011.
All layers in the United States on May 1, 2012 totaled 338 million, down slightly from last year. The 338 million layers consisted of 283 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 52.8 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.98 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on May 1, 2012, averaged 73.6 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from May 1, 2011.
Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 8 Percent
Egg-type chicks hatched during April 2012 totaled 39.7 million, down 8 percent from April 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 42.0 million on May 1, 2012, up 4 percent from a year ago.
Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 172 thousand during April 2012, down 40 percent from April 2011.
Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 4 Percent
Broiler-type chicks hatched during April 2012 totaled 748 million, down 4 percent from April 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 619 million on May 1, 2012, down 4 percent from a year earlier.
Leading breeders placed 6.52 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during April 2012, down 7 percent from April 2011.
Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
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