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USDA Chickens and Eggs


24 November 2015

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 24 November 2015USDA Chickens and Eggs - 24 November 2015


Chickens and Eggs

October Egg Production Down 9 Percent

United States egg production totaled 7.79 billion during October 2015, down 9 percent from last year. Production included 6.66 billion table eggs, and 1.13 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.05 billion were broiler-type and 82 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during October 2015 averaged 336 million, down 7 percent from last year. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,317 eggs, down 2 percent from October 2014.

All layers in the United States on November 1, 2015 totaled 337 million, down 7 percent from last year. The 337 million layers consisted of 279 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.46 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on November 1, 2015, averaged 75.0 eggs per 100 layers, down 2 percent from November 1, 2014.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 12 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during October 2015 totaled 50.0 million, up 12 percent from October 2014. Eggs in incubators totaled 47.4 million on November 1, 2015, up 25 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 330 thousand during October 2015, down 11 percent from October 2014.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 1 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during October 2015 totaled 755 million, down 1 percent from October 2014. Eggs in incubators totaled 608 million on November 1, 2015, down 1 percent from a year ago.

Leading breeders placed 6.83 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October 2015, up slightly from October 2014.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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