U.S. chicken egg production totaled 7.78 billion during May 2011, up 1% from the same time in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Production included 6.67 billion table eggs and 1.11 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.04 billion were broiler-type and 72 million were egg-type.

The total number of layers during May 2011 averaged 338 million, down slightly from 2010. May egg production per 100 layers was 2,302 eggs, up 1% from May 2010. All layers in the U.S. on June 1 totaled 336 million, down 1% from 2010. The 336 million layers consisted of 279 million layers producing table or market-type eggs, 54.8 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 3.01 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on June 1 averaged 74.1 eggs per 100 layers, up 1% from 2010.

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Egg-type chicks hatched during May 2011 totaled 43.3 million, up slightly from May 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 37.6 million on June 1, down 2% from 2010. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 211,000 during May, down 8% from the same time in 2010.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during May totaled 807 million, up 1% from 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 642 million on June 1, down 2% from 2010 numbers. Leading breeders placed 7.72 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during May, down 8% from 2010.