WASHINGTON – For the month of May, U.S. egg production totaled 7.69 billion, up 1% from last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Production included 6.58 billion table eggs, and 1.11 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.04 billion were broiler-type, and 73 million were egg-type.

The total number of layers during May averaged 338 million, up slightly from last year. May egg production per 100 layers was 2,276 eggs, up 1% from May 2009.

On June 1, all layers in the U.S. totaled 337 million, up 1% from last year. The 337 million layers consisted of 279 million layers producing table or market-type eggs, 55.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.94 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs.

On June 1, the rate of lay per day averaged 73.6 eggs per 100 layers, up 1% from June 1, 2009.

Egg-type chicks hatched during May totaled 43.1 million, up 6% from May 2009. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.3 million on June 1, down slightly from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 230 thousand during May, down 16% from May 2009.

During May, broiler-type chicks hatched totaled 798 million, up 1% from May 2009. Eggs in incubators totaled 655 million on June 1, up 2% from one year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 8.01 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during May, which is up 5% from May 2009.