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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
7 January 2010, at 8:14a.m.

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

Broiler-type eggs set in 19 selected states down slightly

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly programme set 203 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 2 January 2010. 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 169 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 2 January 2010. Placements were up slightly from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 28 December 2008 to 2 January 2010 were 8.79 billion, down four per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.