WASHINGTON – Egg production in the United States gained 2 percent to total 7.97 billion during November 2013, the US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported.

Production included 6.95 billion table eggs, and 1.03 billion hatching eggs, of which 952 million were broiler-type and 74 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during November 2013 increased 1 percent from a year ago, while egg production per 100 layers was 2,282 eggs for the month, up slightly from November 2012, according to NASS.

All layers on Dec. 1 totaled 351 million, up 2 percent from last year. NASS said the 351 million layers consisted of 296 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 51.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 3.14 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. For Dec. 1, rate of lay per day averaged 76.1 eggs per 100 layers, unchanged from a year ago.

Egg-type chicks hatched during November climbed 5 percent to 38.4 million, NASS reported. Eggs in incubators totaled 38.1 million on Dec., up 9 percent from a year ago.

Placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future supply flocks dropped 26 percent to 180,000 during November.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during November edged 2 percent higher to total 710 million, according to NASS. Eggs in incubators totaled 626 million on Dec. 1, up 1 percent from a year ago. Leading breeders placed 7.22 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future supply flocks during November, an increase of 7 percent compared to a year ago, according to NASS.