Egg Production Up 3 Percent In February

Egg production on New York farms totaled 107 million eggs in February 2013, a 3 percent increase from last year, according to King Whetstone, U.S. Agriculture Department National Agricultural Statistics Service, Northeastern Region director.

The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.65 million, increased 3 percent from February 2012 and the rate of lay increased slightly to 2,300 eggs per 100 layers.

United States egg production totaled 7.19 billion during February 2013, a 1 percent decrease from last year.

Production included 6.23 billion table eggs, and 962 million hatching eggs, of which 893 million were broiler-type and 69 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during February 2013 averaged 344 million, an increase of 2 percent from last year. February egg production per 100 layers was 2,088 eggs, a 2 percent decrease from February 2012.

United States egg-type chicks hatched during February 2013 totaled 40.8 million, a 4 percent increase from February 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 41.8 million on March 1, 2013, a 6 percent increase from a year ago.