USDA Broiler Hatchery
25 October 2012
Broiler-Type Eggs Set Down 4 Percent
Commercial hatcheries in the 19 State weekly program set 177 million eggs in incubators during the week ending October 20, 2012. This was down 4 percent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 85 percent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.
Broiler-Type Chicks Placed Up 2 Percent
Broiler growers in the 19 State weekly program placed 154 million chicks for meat production during the week ending October 20, 2012. Placements were up 2 percent from the comparable week a year earlier. Cumulative placements from January 1, 2012 through October 20, 2012 were 6.83 billion, down 2 percent from the same period a year earlier.
Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
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