Commercial hatcheries in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 19-state weekly program set 200 million eggs in incubators during the week ending June 2, continuing 2012's downward trend and down 2 percent from the eggs set the corresponding week in 2011, according to the USDA's latest report.

Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 85 percent. Of the states in the program, Georgia set the most eggs, with 33 million. Alabama and Arkansas rounded out the top three, setting 28.3 million and 21.6 million eggs, respectively. 

Broiler growers in the program placed 167 million chicks for meat production during the week ending June 2, down 3 percent from the comparable week in 2011. Georgia, Arkansas and Alabama were also the top three states for chick placement, at 27.6 million, 20.8 million and 20.1 million chicks, respectively. Cumulative placements from January 1 through June 2 were 3.6 billion, down 4 percent from the same period in 2011, according to the USDA.

For more U.S. poultry information and statistics, see www.wattagnet.com/marketdata.html.