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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
10 December 2009, at 9:41am

US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that, compared to the same week last year, the numbers of broiler-type eggs set and chicks placed last week were down slightly.

Broiler-type eggs set in 19 selected states down slightly

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly programme set 200 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 5 December 2009. This was down slightly from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier.

Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 84 per cent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler chicks placed up slightly

Broiler growers in the 19-state weekly programme placed 166 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 5 December 2009. Placements were up slightly from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 28 December 2008 to 5 December 2009 were 8.12 billion, down four per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.