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About the U.S. Egg Industry

United States shell egg production totaled 8.63 billion during December 2014, up 3 percent from last year.1

Table egg flock size on December 1, 2014, was 306 million hens. Rate of lay per day on December 1, 2014, averaged 79.9 eggs per 100 hens.1

The five largest egg producing states represent approximately 51 percent of all U.S. hens.1

Presently, there are approximately 66 egg producing companies with 1 million-plus hens that represents approximately 87 percent of total production and 17 companies with greater than 5 million hens.2

Today, there are approximately 175 egg producing companies with flocks of 75,000 hens or more. These companies represent about 99 percent of all the hens in the United States.** In 1994, there were around 350 companies with flocks of 75,000 hens or more.3

U.S. Egg Facts

Per capita consumption is a measure of total egg production, less exports, plus imports, divided by the total population. It does not represent demand3:

Year Egg Production
1998 239.7
1999 249.8
2000 251.7
2001 252.8
2002 255.9
2003 254.7
2004 257.1
2005 255.4
2006 258.1
2007 251.7
2008 248.3
2009 248.4
2010 249.3
2011 250.0
2012 254.2
2013 255.1
2014 260.7

State/Number of Hens

Currently, the top 10 egg producing states (ranked by number of hens represented in thousands) are3:

State Number of Hens
Iowa 58,334
Ohio 30,318
Indiana 26,017
Pennsylvania 24,361
Texas 15,163
California 14,669
Michigan 12,946
Minnesota 10,733
Georgia 9,812
Nebraska 9,447

Sources:

1. The National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Chicken & Eggs’ Report, typically pages 1 and 9, produced by USDA.

2. Confidential records from the American Egg Board.

3. The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report (WASDE), WADSE – 529 – 33, produced by USDA.

All Figures Updated 02.09.15.

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