USDA Chickens and Eggs
22 June 2012
United States egg production totaled 7.77 billion during May 2012, down slightly from last year. Production included 6.69 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.01 billion were broiler-type and 73 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during May 2012 averaged 338 million, up slightly from last year. May egg production per 100 layers was 2,296 eggs, down slightly from May 2011.
All layers in the United States on June 1, 2012 totaled 338 million, up slightly from last year. The 338 million layers consisted of 282 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 52.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.96 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on June 1, 2012, averaged 74.4 eggs per 100 layers, up slightly from June 1, 2011.
Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1 Percent
Egg-type chicks hatched during May 2012 totaled 43.3 million, up 1 percent from May 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 40.3 million on June 1, 2012, up 8 percent from a year ago.
Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 302 thousand during May 2012, up 54 percent from May 2011.
Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 3 Percent
Broiler-type chicks hatched during May 2012 totaled 778 million, down 3 percent from May 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 626 million on June 1, 2012, down 2 percent from a year earlier.
Leading breeders placed 7.48 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during May 2012, down 3 percent from May 2011.
Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
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