Commercial hatcheries in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 19 State weekly program set 187 million eggs in incubators during the week ending November 5, 2011, down 6% from the same time in 2010, according to the latest report.
Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 85%.
Broiler growers in the program placed 149 million chicks for meat production during the week. Placements were down 8% from the comparable week in 2010. Cumulative placements from January 2, 2011, through November 5, 2011, were 7.3 billion, down 2% from 2010 numbers.