The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chickens and Eggs and Cold Storage reports for October 2019 are now available.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during September 2019 totaled 814 million, up 3 percent from September 2018. Eggs in incubators totaled 674 million on October 1, 2019, up 4 percent from a year ago. Leading breeders placed 8.62 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during September 2019, up 4 percent from September 2018.

Total layers in the United States on October 1, 2019 totaled 395 million, up 1 percent from last year. The 395 million layers consisted of 333 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 58.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.46 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on October 1, 2019, averaged 77.6 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from October 1, 2018, according to USDA’s October Chickens and Eggs report.

Total frozen poultry supplies on September 30, 2019 were down 1 percent from the previous month and down 5 percent
from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were up 2 percent from the previous month but down 4 percent from last year.
Total pounds of turkey in freezers were down 6 percent from last month and down 6 percent from September 30, 2018, based on USDA’s October Cold Storage report