CHARLESTON — All the numbers surrounding layers production in West Virginia during 2020 were down from 2019.

Layers averaged 1.26 million, down less than 1% from 2019’s 1.27 million. Average annual production per layer was 230 eggs, down 11 from 2019.

Pullets totaled 779,000, up 4% from 2019. Other chickens totaled 106,000 in 2020, up 18%.

Egg production during the year ending Nov. 30, totaled 290.3 million eggs, down 5% from 2019’s 306.2 million eggs.

The total number of chickens on hand on Dec. 1 (excluding commercial broilers) was 2.18 million head, down 2% from 2019.

The total value of all chickens on Dec. 1 was $15.9 million, down 9% from 2019’s $17.5 million. The average value of $7.30 per bird on Dec. 1 was down 60 cents.

Across the United States, the 390 million layers in 2020 were down 2% from the year earlier. The annual average production per layer on hand in 2020 was 286 eggs, up 1%.

Egg production during the year ending Nov. 30 totaled 112 billion eggs, down 1% from 2019. Table egg production, at 96.9 billion eggs, was down 2% from the previous year. Hatching egg production, at 14.7 billion eggs, was up 4% from 2019.

The total inventory of chickens on hand on Dec. 1 (excluding commercial broilers) was 518 million birds, down 3% from last year.

The total value of all chickens on Dec. 1 was $2.58 billion, up 9% from Dec. 1, 2019. The average value increased from $4.43 per bird.

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