Egg production on New York farms totaled 106 million eggs in April 2012, an 8 percent increase from last year, according to King Whetstone, U.S. Agriculture Department National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York field office director.
The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.43 million, increased 9 percent from April 2011 but the rate of lay decreased slightly to 2,395 eggs per 100 layers. United States egg production totaled 7.58 billion during April 2012, a 1 percent decrease from last year. Production included 6.54 billion table eggs and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 964 million were broiler-type and 73 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during April 2012 averaged 339 million, a slight decrease from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,233 eggs, a slight decrease from April 2011.
United States egg-type chicks hatched during April 2012 totaled 39.7 million, an 8 percent decrease from April 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 42.0 million on May 1, 2012, an increase of 4 percent from a year ago.