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USDA Chickens and Eggs


29 February 2012

USDA Chickens and Eggs 2011 SummaryUSDA Chickens and Eggs 2011 Summary

The average number of layers in the United States was down one percent.
Chickens and Eggs

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United States Average Number of Layers Down 1 Percent: Layer numbers during 2011 averaged 338 million, down 1 percent from the year earlier. The annual average production per layer on hand in 2011 was 271 eggs, up 1 percent from 2010.

United States Egg Production Up Slightly: Egg production during the year ending November 30, 2011 totaled 91.9 billion eggs, up slightly from 2010. Table egg production, at 79.0 billion eggs, was up 1 percent from the previous year. Hatching egg production, at 12.8 billion eggs, was down 1 percent from 2010.

United States December 1 Inventory Numbers: The total number of chickens on hand on December 1, 2011 (excluding commercial broilers) was 447 million birds, down 2 percent from last year.

United States Total Value: The total value of all chickens on December 1, 2011 was $1.70 billion, up 4 percent from December 1, 2010. The average value increased from $3.59 per bird on December 1, 2010, to $3.80 per bird on December 1, 2011.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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