USDA Chickens and Eggs
22 August 2012
United States egg production totaled 7.73 billion during July 2012, down slightly from last year. Production included 6.68 billion table eggs, and 1.05 billion hatching eggs, of which 983 million were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during July 2012 averaged 335 million, down slightly from last year. July egg production per 100 layers was 2,307 eggs, up slightly from July 2011.
All layers in the United States on August 1, 2012 totaled 334 million, down slightly from last year. The 334 million layers consisted of 281 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 50.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.78 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on August 1, 2012, averaged 74.8 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from August 1, 2011.
Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 8 Percent
Egg-type chicks hatched during July 2012 totaled 34.0 million, down 8 percent from July 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 38.6 million on August 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 262 thousand during July 2012, up 12 percent from July 2011.
Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 1 Percent
Broiler-type chicks hatched during July 2012 totaled 763 million, down 1 percent from July 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 611 million on August 1, 2012, up slightly from a year earlier.
Leading breeders placed 6.07 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during July 2012, down 6 percent from July 2011.
Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
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