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.