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USDA Chickens and Eggs


23 May 2014

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 23 May 2014USDA Chickens and Eggs - 23 May 2014


Chickens and Eggs

April Egg Production Up 2 Percent

United States egg production totaled 8.01 billion during April 2014, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 6.96 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 967 million were broiler-type and 75 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during April 2014 averaged 352 million, up 2 percent from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,273 eggs, up 1 percent from April 2013.

All layers in the United States on May 1, 2014 totaled 352 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 352 million layers consisted of 295 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.5 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.19 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on May 1, 2014, averaged 75.8 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from May 1, 2013.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up Slightly

Egg-type chicks hatched during April 2014 totaled 45.5 million, up slightly from April 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 46.1 million on May 1, 2014, up 6 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 243 thousand during April 2014, up 4 percent from April 2013.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down Slightly

Broiler-type chicks hatched during April 2014 totaled 749 million, down slightly from April 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 637 million on May 1, 2014, up 2 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.71 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during April 2014, up 8 percent from April 2013.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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