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US egg production down 3% in April

1 June 2020, at 2:30am

USDA's NASS released the Chicken and Eggs report on May 22 indicating egg production and broiler-type chicks hatched were were down in April.

April Egg Production Down 3 Percent

  • United States egg production totaled 9.13 billion during April 2020, down 3 percent from last year. Production included 7.93 billion table eggs, and 1.20 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.12 billion were broiler-type and 86.8 million were eggtype. The average number of layers during April 2020 totaled 393 million, down 3 percent from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,322 eggs, up slightly from April 2019.
  • Total layers in the United States on May 1, 2020 totaled 390 million, down 3 percent from last year. The 390 million layers consisted of 325 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 61.5 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.35 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on May 1, 2020, averaged 76.8 eggs per 100 layers, down slightly from May 1, 2019.


Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1 Percent

  • Egg-type chicks hatched during April 2020 totaled 61.2 million, up 1 percent from April 2019. Eggs in incubators totaled 49.5 million on May 1, 2020, down 11 percent from a year ago.
  • Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 243,000 during April 2020, down 18 percent from April 2019.


Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 6 Percent

  • Broiler-type chicks hatched during April 2020 totaled 774 million, down 6 percent from April 2019. Eggs in incubators totaled 661 million on May 1, 2020, down 6 percent from a year ago.
  • Leading breeders placed 8.16 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during April 2020, up 11 percent from April 2019.