Found this on Ohiopoultry.com Ohio Egg Facts Ohio is the second-largest egg producing state in the nation. Ohio has 30 million laying hens and 10 million pullets (hens less than one year old). In 2006, Ohio chickens produced approximately 7.5 billion eggs with an estimated value of more than $287 million a year. Darke and Mercer counties in western Ohio are the top two egg-producing counties in the United States. Ohio is one of 10 states that has an egg quality assurance program. The Ohio Egg Quality Assurance Program (OEQAP) is a voluntary program that is intended to minimize the risk of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) in eggs, and is a cooperative effort between egg producers and farmers, the Ohio Poultry Association and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. There are two egg-breaking facilities in the state of Ohio. These plants convert shell eggs into liquid pasteurized eggs, dried eggs and frozen egg products that are utilized in bakeries and other food products containing eggs. Ohio egg producers, in partnership with United Egg Producers, have adopted broad animal welfare guidelines, assuring customers that the environment provided to the hens is safe, humane and disease-free. Ohio egg producers participate in the United Egg Producers Certified animal care program. The guidelines place top priority on the comfort, health and safety of the chickens and include: Increased cage space per hen. Standards for molting based on current, verified scientific studies. Standards for trimming of chicks beaks, when necessary, to avoid pecking and cannibalism.