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USDA Chickens and Eggs


26 December 2012

USDA Chickens and Eggs - December 2012USDA Chickens and Eggs - December 2012


Chickens and Eggs

November Egg Production Up 3 Percent

United States egg production totaled 7.85 billion during November 2012, up 3 percent from last year. Production included 6.85 billion table eggs, and 997 million hatching eggs, of which 930 million were broiler-type and 67 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during November 2012 averaged 345 million, up 2 percent from last year. November egg production per 100 layers was 2,275 eggs, up 1 percent from November 2011.

All layers in the United States on December 1, 2012 totaled 346 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 346 million layers consisted of 293 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 50.0 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.95 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on December 1, 2012, averaged 76.2 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from December 1, 2011.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 5 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during November 2012 totaled 35.6 million, down 5 percent from November 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 34.0 million on December 1, 2012, down 15 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 242 thousand during November 2012, up 11 percent from November 2011.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 1 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during November 2012 totaled 693 million, down 1 percent from November 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 615 million on December 1, 2012, up 1 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.77 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during November 2012, down 2 percent from November 2011.

Average Layers During the Month – United States


All Egg Production During the Month – United States

December 2012

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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