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USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - February 2010

by 5m Editor
23 March 2010, at 8:30a.m.

US - US egg production totalled 6.9 billion during February, down slightly from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly <em>Chickens and Eggs</em> report for February 2010.

February egg production down slightly

US egg production totalled 6.90 billion during February 2010, down slightly from last year. Production included 5.92 billion table eggs, and 983 million hatching eggs, of which 915 million were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during February 2010 averaged 339 million, down one per cent from last year. February egg production per 100 layers was 2,038 eggs, up one per cent from February 2009.

All layers in the US on 1 March 2010 totalled 339 million, down slightly from last year. The 339 million layers consisted of 281 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 55.0 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.96 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on March 1, 2010, averaged 73.1 eggs per 100 layers, up one per cent from 1 March 2009.

Egg-type chicks hatched up nine per cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during February 2010 totalled 40.1 million, up nine per cent from February 2009. Eggs in incubators totalled 38.8 million on March 1, 2010, up four per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totalled 296,000 during February 2010, up 16 per cent from February 2009.

Broiler-type chicks hatched down slightly

Broiler-type chicks hatched during February 2010 totalled 700 million, down slightly from February 2009. Eggs in incubators totalled 643 million on 1 March 2010, up one per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.36 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during February 2010, up two per cent from February 2009.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.