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USDA Chickens and Eggs


21 October 2014

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 21 October 2014USDA Chickens and Eggs - 21 October 2014


Chickens and Eggs

September Egg Production Up 2 Percent

United States egg production totaled 8.09 billion during September 2014, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 7.03 billion table eggs, and 1.06 billion hatching eggs, of which 991 million were broiler-type and 70 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during September 2014 averaged 358 million, up 2 percent from last year. September egg production per 100 layers was 2,261 eggs, down slightly from September 2013.

All layers in the United States on October 1, 2014 totaled 358 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 358 million layers consisted of 303 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 52.8 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.97 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on October 1, 2014, averaged 75.2 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from October 1, 2013.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 4 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during September 2014 totaled 43.3 million, up 4 percent from September 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 42.8 million on October 1, 2014, up 10 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 394 thousand during September 2014, up 46 percent from September 2013.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during September 2014 totaled 756 million, up 1 percent from September 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 619 million on October 1, 2014, up 3 percent from a year ago.

Leading breeders placed 7.25 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during September 2014, up 5 percent from September 2013.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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