WASHINGTON – Egg production in the United States climbed 2 percent in October, while broiler-type chicks hatched climbed 1 percent higher, the US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported.

Egg production in October included 7.06 billion table eggs and 1.07 billion hatching eggs, according to NASS. Broiler-type eggs totaled 993 million while egg-types 78 million. The total number of layers in October averaged 346 million, up 1 percent from 2012. October egg production per 100 layers increased 1 percent to 2,351 eggs, NASS said.

All egg layers on Nov. 1 totaled 347 million, a 1 percent increase from 2012. The total consisted of 292 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 51.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 3.07 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day averaged 75.9 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from a year ago, according to NASS.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during October edged 1 percent higher to 736 million. Eggs in incubators totaled 592 million on Nov. 1, a 4 percent increase from 2012. Broiler-type pullet chicks placed for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October totaled 6.23 million, NASS reported.

Egg-type chicks hatched during October jumped 13 percent to 41.2 million, while eggs in incubators totaled 38.7 million on Nov. 1, up 15 percent from a year ago.

In October, leading breeders placed 153,000 egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks, down 18 percent from October 2012.