Production included 6.92 billion table eggs and 1.10 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 79 million were egg-type, NASS reported. The total number of layers during May averaged 345 million eggs, up 1 percent from May 2012. May egg production per 100 layers gained 1 percent to 2,327 eggs.
All layers on June 1, 2013, totaled 346 million, up 2 percent from a year ago. The total consisted of 289 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.5 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 3.15 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day climbed 1 percent to an average 75.2 eggs per 100 layers, according to NASS.
Egg-type chicks hatched during May advanced 8 percent to 48.3 million. Eggs in incubators gained 10 percent to total 42.4 million.
Placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks declined 29 percent to 215,000 during May, NASS reported.
Broiler-type chicks hatched during May eased to 775 million. Eggs in incubators totaled 634 million on June 1, up 1 percent from June 2012.
In May, breeders placed 7.49 million broiler-type pullet chicks a slight increase from May 2012, according to NASS.