As egg prices have reached the lowest levels in a decade, the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture “Chicken and Eggs” report showed egg-type chicks hatched during May 2017 were down 7% from last year at 53.0 million. Eggs in incubators also were 14% lower than last year at 46.2 million. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 298,000 during May 2017, down 9% from May 2016.
Total U.S. egg production during May 2017 was 8.86 billion, a 3% increase from last year. Production included 7.73 billion table eggs, and 1.14 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.06 billion were broiler-type and 77.7 million were eggtype.
The total number of layers during May 2017 averaged 372 million, up 2% from last year. May egg production per 100 layers increased 1% from last year to 2,385 eggs. All layers in the U.S. on June 1, 2017 totaled 371 million, up 1% from last year. The 371 million layers consisted of 311 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 56.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.16 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on June 1, 2017, averaged 77.1 eggs per 100 layers, up 1% from June 1, 2016.
Broiler-type chicks hatched during May 2017 were 2% higher than last year at 821 million. Eggs in incubators totaled 674 million on June 1, 2017, up 2% from a year ago. Leading breeders placed 8.16 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during May 2017, up 1% from May 2016.