United States egg production totaled 7.78 billion during October 2011, up 1% from 2010, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Total production included 6.74 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 968 million were broiler-type, and 70 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during October 2011 averaged 336 million, down slightly from 2010. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,317 eggs, up 1% from October 2010.

On November 1, 2011, all layers in the United States totaled 337 million, down slightly from 2010. The 337 million layers consisted of 283 million layers producing table or market-type eggs, 50.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.94 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on November 1, 2011, averaged 74.7 eggs per 100 layers, up 1% from November 1, 2010.

Egg-type chicks hatched during October 2011 totaled 37.8 million, which is down 8% from October 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 38.3 million on November 1, 2011, down slightly from a year ago. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 266 thousand during October 2011, up 56% from October 2010.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during October 2011 totaled 717 million, down 7% from October 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 575 million on November 1, 2011, down 7% from a year earlier. Leading breeders placed 6.29 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October 2011, which is down 9% from October 2010.

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