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28 February 2014

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 28 February 2014USDA Chickens and Eggs - 28 February 2014


Chickens and Eggs

January Egg Production Up 2 Percent

United States egg production totaled 8.21 billion during January 2014, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 7.13 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 997 million were broiler-type and 78 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2014 averaged 351 million, up 2 percent from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,336 eggs, up slightly from January 2013.

All layers in the United States on February 1, 2014 totaled 351 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 351 million layers consisted of 294 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.1 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.23 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on February 1, 2014, averaged 74.9 eggs per 100 layers, up slightly from February 1, 2013.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 5 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during January 2014 totaled 43.9 million, up 5 percent from January 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.7 million on February 1, 2014, up 3 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 270 thousand during January 2014, down 23 percent from January 2013.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during January 2014 totaled 767 million, up 1 percent from January 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 624 million on February 1, 2014, up 2 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.47 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during January 2014, up 3 percent from January 2013.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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