Exquisitely simple, yet enormously complex, the egg is one of nature’s marvels. This nutrient dense food contains every major vitamin except vitamin C and is an inexpensive source of high quality protein. On average a person consumes five eggs a week. A hen produces five eggs a week. So somewhere on one of our farms there is a hen producing the eggs you eat. In Colorado there are approximately 3,872,000 hens in egg production.
Economics & Rankings
In Colorado commodities, egg production ranks 9th. In 2008, Colorado hens were very productive producing 286 eggs per hen for a total of nearly 1.09 billion eggs. Total gross income from egg production was $96.8 million. In 2008 the farmer raising eggs received 1.07 cents per dozen. In terms of egg producing states, Colorado ranks as 23rd in the nation.
This industry supports over 250 farm families. Egg producers purchase over 3,660,000 bushels of corn each year to feed their hens. Eggs from Colorado are distributed to Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming and Alaska. In Colorado, 95 percent of the hens are housed in modern caged systems and 5 percent are raised in caged free barns. These numbers reflect the consumer demand for specialty eggs. One-third of the egg producers in Colorado raise some cage free and specialty egg products.