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Nine Per Cent Fewer Broiler Chicks in February

by 5m Editor
24 March 2009, at 8:31am

US - US egg production totalled 6.89 billion during February 2009, down three per cent from last year, and nine per cent fewer broiler chicks were hatched, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly <em>Chickens and Eggs</em> report for March 2009.

February Egg Production Down Three Per Cent

US egg production totaled 6.89 billion during February 2009, down three per cent from last year. Production included 5.91 billion table eggs, and 985 million hatching eggs, of which 917 million were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during February 2009 averaged 341 million, down 1 per cent from last year. February egg production per 100 layers was 2,023 eggs, down two per cent from February 2008.

All layers in the US on 1 March 2009 totaled 341 million, down 1 per cent from last year. The 341 million layers consisted of 283 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.07 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on 1 March 2009 averaged 72.3 eggs per 100 layers, up slightly from 1 March 2008.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down Two Per Cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during February 2009 totaled 36.9 million, down two per cent from February 2008.

Eggs in incubators totaled 37.2 million on 1 March 2009, up two per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 256 thousand during February 2009, down nine per cent from February 2008.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down Nine Per Cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during February 2009 totalled 701 million, down nine per cent from February 2008.

Eggs in incubators totaled 634 million on 1 March 2009, down seven per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.22 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during February 2009, down four per cent from February 2008.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.