Commercial hatcheries in the United States Department of Agriculture’s 19-state weekly program set 199 million eggs in incubators during the week ending February 16, according to the USDA’s weekly broiler hatchery report. This shows a 2 percent improvement from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier.

Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 84 percent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

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Broiler growers in the weekly program placed 164 million chicks for meat production during the week ending February 16. Placements were up 1 percent from the comparable week a year earlier. Cumulative placements from December 30, 2012, through February 16 for the 19-state total were 1.14 billion, up 1 percent from the same period a year earlier.