Commercial hatcheries in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 19-state weekly program set 186 million eggs in incubators during the week ending October 27, up 1 percent from the eggs set the corresponding week in 2011.

Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas were the top three states in the program, setting 30.17 million, 25.76 million and 20.12 million eggs, respectively. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 85 percent.

Broiler growers in the program placed 157 million chicks for meat production during the week ending October 27, up 2 percent from the comparable week in 2011, according to the USDA. Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas took the top three spots, with 26.58 million, 19.38 million and 19.26 million chicks placed during the week. Cumulative placements from January 1 through October 27 were 6.99 billion, down 2 percent from the same period in 2011.

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