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.