USDA recently released its December Chickens and Eggs report showing a minor hatch and placement increase for broilers over 2021 levels.

The amount of broiler-type chicks hatched increased one percent from December 2021. Eggs in incubators totaled 719 million on January 1, 2023, up one percent from a year ago.

“Leading breeders placed 9.16 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during December 2022, up two percent from December 2021,” the report said.

In December, egg production decreased six percent. Production included 7.83 billion table eggs, and 1.29 billion hatching eggs. Of the hatching eggs, 1.19 billion were broiler-type and 100 million were egg-type.

All layers in the United States on January 1, 2023, totaled 373 million, down five percent from last year. The 373 million layers consisted of 306 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 63 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.83 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs.

The full report and data tables can be found here.