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USDA Chickens and Eggs


24 September 2015

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 24 September 2015USDA Chickens and Eggs - 24 September 2015


Chickens and Eggs

August Egg Production Down 9 Percent

United States egg production totaled 7.69 billion during August 2015, down 9 percent from last year. Production included 6.55 billion table eggs, and 1.15 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.06 billion were broiler-type and 82 million were eggtype. The total number of layers during August 2015 averaged 330 million, down 9 percent from last year. August egg production per 100 layers was 2,329 eggs, down 1 percent from August 2014.

All layers in the United States on September 1, 2015 totaled 331 million, down 9 percent from last year. The 331 million layers consisted of 273 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.17 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on September 1, 2015, averaged 75.1 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from September 1, 2014.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 18 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during August 2015 totaled 46.9 million, up 18 percent from August 2014. Eggs in incubators totaled 47.2 million on September 1, 2015, up 13 percent from a year ago. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 228 thousand during August 2015, down 9 percent from August 2014.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during August 2015 totaled 798 million, up 1 percent from August 2014. Eggs in incubators totaled 635 million on September 1, 2015, down 1 percent from a year ago. Leading breeders placed 7.91 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during August 2015, up 6 percent from August 2014.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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