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USDA Chickens and Eggs


22 May 2013

USDA Chickens and Eggs - May 2013USDA Chickens and Eggs - May 2013


Chickens and Eggs

April Egg Production Up 3 Percent

United States egg production totaled 7.81 billion during April 2013, up 3 percent from last year. Production included 6.75 billion table eggs, and 1.06 billion hatching eggs, of which 983 million were broiler-type and 78 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during April 2013 averaged 346 million, up 1 percent from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,260 eggs, up 1 percent from April 2012.

All layers in the United States on May 1, 2013 totaled 344 million, up 1 percent from last year. The 344 million layers consisted of 287 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.17 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on May 1, 2013, averaged 75.0 eggs per 100 layers, up 2 percent from May 1, 2012.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 7 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during April 2013 totaled 43.8 million, up 7 percent from April 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 42.5 million on May 1, 2013, up 4 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 233 thousand during April 2013, up 70 percent from April 2012.

Average Layers During the Month – United States

December previous year

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down Slightly

Broiler-type chicks hatched during April 2013 totaled 748 million, down slightly from April 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 622 million on May 1, 2013, up slightly from a year earlier.

All Egg Production During the Month – United States

December previous year

Leading breeders placed 6.22 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during April 2013, down 5 percent from April 2012.

May 2013

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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