U.S. egg production totaled 7.77 billion during May, down slightly from 2011 numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report. Production included 6.69 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.01 billion were broiler-type and 73 million were egg-type.

The total number of layers during May averaged 338 million, up slightly from the same time in 2011. May egg production per 100 layers was 2,296 eggs, down slightly from May 2011.

All layers in the U.S. on June 1 totaled 338 million, up slightly from 2011 numbers. The 338 million layers consisted of 282 million layers producing table- or market-type eggs, 52.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 2.96 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on June 1 averaged 74.4 eggs per 100 layers, up slightly from June 1, 2011.

Egg-type chicks hatched during May totaled 43.3 million, up 1 percent from May 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 40.3 million on June 1, up 8 percent from the same time in 2011. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 302,000 during May, up 54 percent from May 2011.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during May totaled 778 million, down 3 percent from May 2011 numbers. Eggs in incubators totaled 626 million on June 1, down 2 percent from the same time in 2011. Leading breeders placed 7.48 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during May, down 3 percent from May 2011. 

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