US Chickens and Eggs Annual Summary 2008

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 layer inventory and egg production by state and Puerto Rico
US layers on hand
US egg production
US pullets on hand, force moult and disposition
Table egg layers (in flocks of 30,000 and above) by state
All layers by state
Eggs (number laid per 100) by state
Force moult by state
Egg production by state
Chicken inventory by state and Puerto Rico
Chicken value by state and Puerto Rico


US average number of layers down two per cent: Layer numbers during 2008 averaged 340 million, down two per cent from the year earlier. The annual average production per layer on hand in 2008 was 266 eggs, down one per cent from 2007.

US egg production down one per cent: Egg production during the year ending 30 November 2008 totaled 90.2 million eggs, down one per cent from 2007. Table egg production, at 76.8 million eggs, was down one per cent from the previous year. Hatching egg production, at 13.3 million eggs, was down one per cent from 2007.

US December 1 inventory numbers: The total number of chickens on hand on 1 December 2008 (excluding commercial broilers) was 446 million birds, down three per cent from last year.

US total value: The total value of all chickens on 1 December 2008 was $1.51 billion, up 11 per cent from 1 December 2007. The average value increased from $2.95 per bird on 1 December 2007 to $3.38 per bird on 1 December 2008.

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 1 December tables. Annual average number of layers for 2008 was 562,000 compared to 758,000 in 2007. Total egg production during 2008 was 146 million compared to 173 million in 2007.

Further Reading

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