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USDA Chickens and Eggs


23 October 2012

USDA Chickens and Eggs - October 2012USDA Chickens and Eggs - October 2012


Chickens and Eggs

September Egg Production Up 1 Percent

United States egg production totaled 7.55 billion during September 2012, up 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.57 billion table eggs, and 987 million hatching eggs, of which 919 million were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during September 2012 averaged 337 million, up 1 percent from last year. September egg production per 100 layers was 2,241 eggs, up slightly from September 2011.

All layers in the United States on October 1, 2012 totaled 338 million, up 1 percent from last year. The 338 million layers consisted of 285 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 49.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.96 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on October 1, 2012, averaged 74.3 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from October 1, 2011.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 6 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during September 2012 totaled 37.5 million, down 6 percent from September 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 37.2 million on October 1, 2012, up 1 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 206 thousand during September 2012, down 18 percent from September 2011.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down Slightly

Broiler-type chicks hatched during September 2012 totaled 718 million, down slightly from September 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 581 million on October 1, 2012, up 2 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.68 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during September 2012, up slightly from September 2011.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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