WASHINGTON – During August, United States egg production totaled 7.74 billion, down slightly from last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture. Production included 6.67 billion table eggs, and 1.07 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.00 billion were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type.

The total number of layers during August 2011 averaged 336 million, down 1 percent from last year. August egg production per 100 layers was 2,301 eggs, up 1 percent from August 2010.

On Sept. 1, all layers in the US totaled 337 million, down 1 percent from last year. The 337 million layers consisted of 282 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 51.8 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.01 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on Sept. 1 averaged 74.3 eggs per 100 layers, up slightly from Sept. 1, 2010.

During August 2011, egg-type chicks hatched totaled 41.6 million, up 12 percent from August 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.1 million on Sept. 1, up 5 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 311 thousand during August 2011, up 23 percent from August 2010.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during August totaled 761 million, down 5 percent from August 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 601 million on Sept. 1, down 6 percent from one year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.23 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during August 2011, down 1 percent from August 2010.