U.S. Egg Production and Hen Population
U.S. table egg production totaled 96.9 billion in 2020, down 2% from 2019. The U.S. had 325 million commercial laying hens at the end of 2020, down 5% from 2019. The daily rate of lay averaged 81 eggs per 100 layers in 2020. On average, each laying hen produces 296 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.