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on December 2, 2011

US broiler eggs, chicks down last week of November

Cumulative placements for 2011 down 3% from 2010 numbers

U.S. commercial hatcheries in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 19-state weekly program set 194 million eggs in incubators during the week ending November 26, down 6% from the eggs set the corresponding week in 2010.

Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 85%. Broiler growers in the program placed 156 million chicks for meat production during the week ending November 26, down 5% from 2010 numbers. Cumulative placements from January 2 through November 26 were 7.76 billion, down 3% from the same period in 2010.

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