Egg production in the United States totaled 8.02 billion during May, up 3 percent from May 2012, according to the US Department of Agriculture's latest Chickens and Eggs report, released June 21. Production included 6.92 billion table eggs and 1.10 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 79 million were egg-type. 

Layers

The total number of layers during May averaged 345 million, up 1 percent from May 2012. May egg production per 100 layers was 2,327 eggs, up 1 percent from May 2012. 

All layers in the U.S. on June 1 totaled 346 million, up 2 percent from June 2012. The 346 million layers consisted of 289 million layers producing table or market-type eggs, 53.5 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 3.15 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on June 1 averaged 75.2 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from June 1, 2012.

Egg-type chicks hatched

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Egg-type chicks hatched during May totaled 48.3 million, up 8 percent from May 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 42.4 million on June 1, up 10 percent from June 1, 2012.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery-supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 215,000 during May, down 29 percent from May 2012.

Broiler-type chicks hatched

Broiler-type chicks hatched during May totaled 775 million, down slightly from May 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 634 million on June 1, up 1 percent from June 1, 2012.

Leading breeders placed 7.49 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during May, up slightly from May 2012.