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Global number of chickens by country 2018

In 2018, there were over 5.27 billion chickens living in mainland China, a higher amount than any other country in the world.

Egg production

As the country with the highest chicken population, China also is the leading producer of eggs worldwide. In 2017, some 529 billion eggs were produced in China, an amount five times greater than the runner up, the United States. Industrially raised chickens tend to fall into two categories: egg laying hens and broiler chickens, which are produced for meat.

Egg retail in the United States

When Americans buy eggs at the grocery store, the vast majority will pick up a carton of private label eggs opposed to eggs from any particular name brand. In 2018, the leading name brand of fresh eggs in the United States was Eggland’s Best, which generated about 210.9 million U.S. dollars in sales. In comparison, sales of private label eggs amounted to around 859 million U.S. dollars in that year.

Number of chickens worldwide in 2018, by country

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Release date

January 2020



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Special properties

Data accessed on January 28, 2020

Supplementary notes

* Unofficial data.
** FAO estimate

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