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USDA Chickens and Eggs


26 October 2015

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 26 October 2015USDA Chickens and Eggs - 26 October 2015


Chickens and Eggs

September Egg Production Down 8 Percent

United States egg production totaled 7.49 billion during September 2015, down 8 percent from last year. Production included 6.40 billion table eggs, and 1.10 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 78 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during September 2015 averaged 333 million, down 8 percent from last year. September egg production per 100 layers was 2,249 eggs, down 1 percent from September 2014.

All layers in the United States on October 1, 2015 totaled 334 million, down 8 percent from last year. The 334 million layers consisted of 277 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.27 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on October 1, 2015, averaged 74.6 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from October 1, 2014.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 13 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during September 2015 totaled 49.3 million, up 13 percent from September 2014. Eggs in incubators totaled 49.9 million on October 1, 2015, up 15 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 222 thousand during September 2015, down 44 percent from September 2014.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up Slightly

Broiler-type chicks hatched during September 2015 totaled 761 million, up slightly from September 2014. Eggs in incubators totaled 608 million on October 1, 2015, down 2 percent from a year ago.

Leading breeders placed 8.57 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during September 2015, up 18 percent from September 2014.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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