US egg production for September was up 1 percent from
last year, with a total of 7.42 billion eggs produced, including 6.38 billion
table eggs and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 977 million were
broiler-type and 63 million were egg-type.
The average number of layers during September 2006 was 343 million, with
egg production of 2,165 eggs per 100 layers - both up slightly from last
The total number of layers in the US on 1 October 2006 was 343 million, up
slightly from last year. The total included 288 million layers producing table
or market type eggs, 53.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs,
and 2.65 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. The laying rate per
day on 1 October averaged 71.7 eggs per 100 layers, which was a slight reduction
compared to the same time last year.
Egg-type chicks hatched during September 2006 totalled 36.8 million, up 10
percent from September 2005. Eggs in incubators totalled 35.2 million on
October 1, 2006, up 4 percent from the same time last year.
Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply
flocks by leading breeders totalled 243,000 during September 2006, down 35
percent from September 2005.
Broiler-type chicks hatched during September 2006 totalled 772 million, up
slightly from September 2005. Eggs in incubators totalled 632 million on
October 1, 2006, up slightly from a year earlier.
Leading breeders placed 7.06 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future
domestic hatchery supply flocks during September 2006, down 1 percent from
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