The number of turkey eggs in incubators on February 1 is up slightly from the same time in 2012, but turkey poults hatched and net poults placed in January 2013 are both down one percent from the same month in 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s February Turkey Hatchery report stated.

Turkey eggs in incubators on February 1 totaled 28.1 million, up one percent from the 27.9 million egg total from 2012. Poults hatched in January totaled 24.1 million, down from January 2012 numbers and up up 9 percent from the December 2012 total of 22 million poults.

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The 23.3 million net poults placed during January were also down by a percent from the same time in 2012, but net placements were up 9 percent from the 21.4 million poults placed in December 2012, according to the report.