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USDA Chickens and Eggs


01 March 2013

USDA Chickens and Eggs - February 2013USDA Chickens and Eggs - February 2013


Chickens and Eggs

January Egg Production Up 2 Percent

United States egg production totaled 7.99 billion during January 2013, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 6.94 billion table eggs, and 1.06 billion hatching eggs, of which 985 million were broiler-type and 74 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2013 averaged 344 million, up 1 percent from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,326 eggs, up slightly from January 2012.

All layers in the United States on February 1, 2013 totaled 344 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 344 million layers consisted of 290 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 51.4 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.96 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on February 1, 2013, averaged 74.8 eggs per 100 layers, up 2 percent from February 1, 2012.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 5 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during January 2013 totaled 42.2 million, up 5 percent from January 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.7 million on February 1, 2013, up 1 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 350 thousand during January 2013, up 33 percent from January 2012.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during January 2013 totaled 762 million, up 1 percent from January 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 614 million on February 1, 2013, up 2 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.30 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during January 2013, down 6 percent from January 2012.

Average Layers During the Month – United States

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All Egg Production During the Month – United States

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March 2013

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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