Broiler-type chicks hatched during July 2018 totaled 844 million, up 2 percent from July 2017. Eggs in incubators totaled 687 million on August 1, 2018, up 1 percent from a year ago.

Leading breeders placed 7.63 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during July 2018, up 8 percent from July 2017, according to USDA’s August Chicken and Eggs report released August 21.

The United States egg production totaled 9.10 billion during July 2018, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 7.90 billion table eggs, and 1.20 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.12 billion were broiler-type and 84.0 million were egg-type. The average number of layers during July 2018 totaled 385 million, up 3 percent from last year. July egg production per 100 layers was 2,364 eggs, down 2 percent from July 2017.

All layers in the United States on August 1, 2018 totaled 384 million, up 3 percent from last year. The 384 million layers consisted of 323 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 58.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.37 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on August 1, 2018, averaged 76.4 eggs per 100 layers, down 2 percent from August 1, 2017.

Total frozen poultry supplies on July 31, 2018 were up 1 percent from the previous month and up 5 percent from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were down 1 percent from the previous month but up 10 percent from last year. Total pounds of turkey in freezers were up 5 percent from last month but down 1 percent from July 31, 2017 according to USDA’s latest Cold Storage report.