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26 January 2015

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 26 January 2015USDA Chickens and Eggs - 26 January 2015


Chickens and Eggs

December Egg Production Up 3 Percent

United States egg production totaled 8.63 billion during December 2014, up 3 percent from last year. Production included 7.54 billion table eggs, and 1.09 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 75 million were eggtype. The total number of layers during December 2014 averaged 362 million, up 2 percent from last year. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,384 eggs, up 1 percent from December 2013.

All layers in the United States on January 1, 2015 totaled 361 million, up 1 percent from last year. The 361 million layers consisted of 305 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.20 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on January 1, 2015, averaged 76.5 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from January 1, 2014.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 4 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2014 totaled 43.0 million, up 4 percent from December 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 42.1 million on January 1, 2015, up 2 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 248 thousand during December 2014, down 30 percent from December 2013.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 3 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during December 2014 totaled 796 million, up 3 percent from December 2013. Eggs in incubators totaled 644 million on January 1, 2015, up 2 percent from a year ago.

Leading breeders placed 7.03 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during December 2014, up 5 percent from December 2013.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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