U.S. Egg Production and Hen Population
U.S. table egg production totaled 99.1 billion in 2019, up 3 percent from 2018. The U.S. has 340 million commercial laying hens (December 2019), up 1 percent from December 2018. The daily rate of lay averaged 82 eggs per 100 layers (December 2019). On average, each laying hen produces 294 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.