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US Egg Production up One Per Cent in April

by 5m Editor
27 May 2009, at 7:25a.m.

US - US egg production totalled 7.46 billion during April 2009, up one per cent from last year, and six 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 April 2009.

April egg production up one per cent

US egg production totaled 7.46 billion during April 2009, up one per cent from last year. Production included 6.41 billion table eggs, and 1.05 billion hatching eggs, of which 980 million were broiler-type and 71 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during April 2009 averaged 340 million, down slightly from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,196 eggs, up two per cent from April 2008.

All layers in the US on 1 May 2009 totaled 339 million, down slightly from last year. The 339 million layers consisted of 282 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.01 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on 1 May 2009, averaged 72.4 eggs per 100 layers, up one per cent from May 1, 2008.

Egg-type chicks hatched down four per cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during April 2009 totaled 40.6 million, down four per cent from April 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 35.8 million on 1 May 2009, down 12 per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 307,000 during April 2009, up 16 per cent from April 2008.

Broiler-type chicks hatched down six per cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during April 2009 totaled 756 million, down six per cent from April 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 628 million on 1 May 2009, down six per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.16 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during April 2009, down 13 per cent from April 2008.

Special note

State level data for egg-type chicks hatched will no longer be published. US numbers by month and cumulative totals will continue to be published.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.