Broiler-type chicks hatched during April 2020 totaled 774 million, down 6 percent from April 2019. Eggs in incubators totaled 661 million on May 1, 2020, down 6 percent from a year ago.

Leading breeders placed 8.16 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during April 2020, up 11-percent from April 2019, according to USDA latest Chickens and Eggs report.

United States egg production totaled 9.13 billion during April 2020, down 3-percent from last year. Production included 7.93 billion table eggs, and 1.20 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.12 billion were broiler-type and 86.8 million were egg type.

The average number of layers during April 2020 totaled 393 million, down 3-percent from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,322 eggs, up slightly from April 2019.

Total layers in the United States on May 1, 2020 totaled 390 million, down 3-percent from last year.

The 390 million layers consisted of 325 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 61.5 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.35 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs.

Rate of lay per day on May 1, 2020, averaged 76.8 eggs per 100 layers, down slightly from May 1, 2019.