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USDA Chickens and Eggs


24 March 2015

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 24 March 2015USDA Chickens and Eggs - 24 March 2015


Chickens and Eggs

February Egg Production Up 1 Percent

United States egg production totaled 7.62 billion during February 2015, up 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.61 billion table eggs, and 1.01 billion hatching eggs, of which 928 million were broiler-type and 80 million were eggtype. 

The total number of layers during February 2015 averaged 362 million, up 1 percent from last year. February egg production per 100 layers was 2,104 eggs, unchanged from February 2014.

All layers in the United States on March 1, 2015 totaled 362 million, up 1 percent from last year. The 362 million layers consisted of 305 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.56 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on March 1, 2015, averaged 75.3 eggs per 100 layers, unchanged from March 1, 2014.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 6 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during February 2015 totaled 42.8 million, up 6 percent from February 2014. Eggs in incubators totaled 44.5 million on March 1, 2015, up 14 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 309 thousand during February 2015, up 27 percent from February 2014.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 3 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during February 2015 totaled 711 million, up 3 percent from February 2014. Eggs in incubators totaled 647 million on March 1, 2015, up 3 percent from a year ago.

Leading breeders placed 7.92 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during February 2015, up 9 percent from February 2014.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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