U.S. egg production totaled 7.55 billion during September, up 1 percent from 2011 numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.

Production included 6.57 billion table eggs, and 987 million hatching eggs, of which 919 million were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during September averaged 337 million, up 1 percent from 2011. September egg production per 100 layers was 2,241 eggs, up slightly from September 2011, according to the USDA.

All layers in the U.S. on October 1 totaled 338 million, up 1 percent from 2011 numbers. The 338 million layers consisted of 285 million layers producing table- or market-type eggs, 49.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.96 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on October 1 averaged 74.3 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from October 1, 2011.

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Egg-type chicks hatched during September totaled 37.5 million, down 6 percent from September 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 37.2 million on October 1, up 1 percent from 2011 numbers, according to the USDA report. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 206,000 during September, down 18 percent from September 2011.

Broiler-type chicks hatched totaled 718 million, down slightly from September 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 581 million on October 1, up 2 percent from 2011 numbers. Leading breeders placed 6.68 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during September 2012, up slightly from September 2011.

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