Broiler-type chicks hatched during February 2020 totaled 807 million, up eight percent from February 2019. Eggs in incubators totaled 718 million on March 1, 2020, up four percent from a year ago. Follow the link to view USDA’s Chickens and Eggs report.

Leading breeders placed 8.14 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during February 2020, up three percent from February 2019.

Egg production in the United States totaled 8.94 billion during February 2020, up three percent from last year. Production included 7.79 billion table eggs, and 1.15 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.07 billion were broiler-type and 81.3 million were egg type. The average number of layers during February 2020 totaled 397 million, down two percent from last year. February egg production per 100 layers was 2,254 eggs, up five percent from February 2019.

Total layers in the United States on March 1, 2020 totaled 394 million, down three percent from last year. The 394 million layers consisted of 330 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 60.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.41 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on March 1, 2020, averaged 77.5 eggs per 100 layers, up one percent from March 1, 2019.

Total frozen poultry supplies on February 29, 2020 were up slightly from the previous month but down four percent from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were down three percent from the previous month but up six percent from last year. Total pounds of turkey in freezers were up 13 percent from last month but down 25 percent from February 28, 2019, according to USDA’s Cold Storage report.