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USDA Chickens and Eggs


23 December 2015

USDA Chickens and Eggs - 23 December 2015USDA Chickens and Eggs - 23 December 2015


Chickens and Eggs

November Egg Production Down 9 Percent

United States egg production totaled 7.66 billion during November 2015, down 9 percent from last year. Production included 6.57 billion table eggs, and 1.09 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.01 billion were broiler-type and 82 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during November 2015 averaged 339 million, down 7 percent from last year. November egg production per 100 layers was 2,259 eggs, down 2 percent from November 2014. All layers in the United States on December 1, 2015 totaled 341 million, down 7 percent from last year. The 341 million layers consisted of 283 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.4 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.43 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on December 1, 2015, averaged 75.6 eggs per 100 layers, down 2 percent from December 1, 2014.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 26 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during November 2015 totaled 46.0 million, up 26 percent from November 2014. Eggs in incubators totaled 48.5 million on December 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 217 thousand during November 2015, up 45 percent from November 2014.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down Slightly

Broiler-type chicks hatched during November 2015 totaled 733 million, down slightly from November 2014. Eggs in incubators totaled 646 million on December 1, 2015, down 1 percent from a year ago. Leading breeders placed 7.23 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during November 2015, down 5 percent from November 2014.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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