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21 November 2014

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 21 November 2014USDA Chickens and Eggs - 21 November 2014


Chickens and Eggs

October Egg Production Up 2 Percent

United States egg production totaled 8.44 billion during October 2014, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 7.34 billion table eggs, and 1.10 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 72 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during October 2014 averaged 358 million, up 2 percent from last year. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,354 eggs, up slightly from October 2013.

All layers in the United States on November 1, 2014 totaled 359 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 359 million layers consisted of 303 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 52.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.95 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on November 1, 2014, averaged 76.5 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from November 1, 2013.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 5 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during October 2014 totaled 44.4 million, up 5 percent from October 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 38.0 million on November 1, 2014, down 8 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 369 thousand during October 2014, up 146 percent from October 2013.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 3 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during October 2014 totaled 760 million, up 3 percent from October 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 610 million on November 1, 2014, up 2 percent from a year ago.

Leading breeders placed 6.82 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October 2014, up 10 percent from October 2013.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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