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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
17 December 2009, at 7:07a.m.

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 were down slightly, and one per cent fewer chicks were placed.

Broiler-type eggs set in 19 selected states down slightly

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly programme set 204 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 12 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 down one per cent

Broiler growers in the 19-state weekly programme placed 167 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 12 December 2009. Placements were down one per cent from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 28 December 2008 to 12 December 2009 were 8.28 billion, down four per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.