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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
11 February 2010, at 8:53a.m.

US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that, compared to the same week last year, one per cent more broiler-type eggs were set, while the number of chicks placed was down three per cent.

Broiler-type eggs set in 19 selected states up one per cent

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly programme set 205 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 6 February 2010. This was up one per cent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier.

Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 83 per cent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler chicks placed down three per cent

Broiler growers in the 19-state weekly programme placed 163 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 6 February 2010. Placements were down three per cent from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 3 January 2010 to 6 February 2010 were 829 million, down one per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

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