WASHINGTON – Egg production in the United States totaled 7.54 billion during November 2010, down slightly from last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture. Production included 6.51 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 970 million were broiler-type and 65 million were egg-type.

The total number of layers during November 2010 averaged 338 million, down slightly from last year. November egg production per 100 layers was 2,232 eggs, down slightly from November 2009.

On Dec. 1, all layers in the US totaled 340 million, up slightly from last year. The 340 million layers consisted of 283 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.71 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on Dec. 1 averaged 74.9 eggs per 100 layers, up slightly from Dec. 1, 2009.

Egg-type chicks hatched during November 2010 totaled 38.9 million, up 13% percent from November 2009. Eggs in incubators totaled 37.4 million on Dec. 1, down 2% from a year ago. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 263 thousand during November 2010, down 9% from November 2009.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during November 2010 totaled 741 million, up 5% from November 2009. Eggs in incubators totaled 638 million on Dec. 1, up 1% from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.47 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during November 2010, up 2% from November 2009.