Chickens and Eggs 2005 Annual Summary

By the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service - This report looks at the highlights of the US chicken and egg industry over the past year.
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Annual Average Layer Inventory and Total Egg Production by State and Puerto Rico
U.S. Layers on Hand
U.S. Egg Production
U.S. Pullets on Hand, Force Molt, and Disposition
Table Egg Layers (in Flocks 30,000 and Above) by State
All Layers by State
Eggs (Number Laid per 100) by State
Force Molt by State
Egg Production by State
Chicken Inventory by State and Puerto Rico
Chicken Value by State and Puerto Rico


U.S. Average Number of Layers Up Slightly: Layer numbers during 2005 averaged 344 million, up slightly from the year earlier. The annual average production per layer on hand in 2005 was 262 eggs, up slightly from the 2004 average of 261.

U.S. Egg Production Up 1 Percent: Egg production during the year ending November 30, 2005 totaled a record high 90.0 billion eggs, up 1 percent from 2004. Table egg production, at 76.9 billion eggs, was up 1 percent from the previous year. Hatching egg production, at 13.1 billion eggs, up 2 percent from 2004.

U.S. December 1 Inventory Numbers: The total number of chickens on hand on December 1, 2005 (excluding commercial broilers) was 453 million birds, down slightly from last year.

U.S. Total Value: The total value of all chickens on December 1, 2005 was $1.13 billion, up 1 percent from December 1, 2004. The average value increased from $2.48 per bird on December 1, 2004, to $2.50 per bird on December 1, 2005.

This report contains annual estimates of Puerto Rico chickens and eggs. These estimates include chicken inventory (excluding commercial broilers) and egg production, and can be found within the respective annual and December 1 tables. Annual average number of layers for 2005 was 1.02 million compared to 1.10 million in 2004. Total egg production during 2005 was 236 million compared to 226 million in 2004.

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Source: USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service - February 2006

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