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.
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.