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23 December 2013

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 23 December 2013USDA Chickens and Eggs - 23 December 2013


Chickens and Eggs

November Egg Production Up 2 Percent

United States egg production totaled 7.97 billion during November 2013, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 6.95 billion table eggs, and 1.03 billion hatching eggs, of which 952 million were broiler-type and 74 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during November 2013 averaged 349 million, up 1 percent from last year. November egg production per 100 layers was 2,282 eggs, up slightly from November 2012.

All layers in the United States on December 1, 2013 totaled 351 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 351 million layers consisted of 296 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 51.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.14 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on December 1, 2013, averaged 76.1 eggs per 100 layers, unchanged from December 1, 2012.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 5 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during November 2013 totaled 38.4 million, up 5 percent from November 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 38.1 million on December 1, 2013, up 9 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 180 thousand during November 2013, down 26 percent from November 2012.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 2 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during November 2013 totaled 710 million, up 2 percent from November 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 626 million on December 1, 2013, up 1 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.22 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during November 2013, up 7 percent from November 2012.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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