U.S. Egg Production and Hen Population
U.S. table egg production totaled 88.4 billion in 2016, up 5 percent from 2015. The U.S. has 319 million commercial laying hens (January 2017), up 7 percent from January 2016. The daily rate of lay averaged 80.5 eggs per 100 layers (January 2017). On average, each laying hen produces 279 eggs per year. The increased productivity of hens – due to improved health and disease prevention, nutrition, genetics, and flock management – is demonstrated in the graph to the right.