Turkey poults hatched and placed both dropped 13 percent during the month of May, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Turkey Hatchery report, released on June 17. Turkey eggs in incubators also dropped 13 percent as of June 1.
Turkey poults hatched during May in the United States totaled 22.1 million, down from May 2012, when the number of poults hatched reached 25.5 million. Poults hatched were also down 4 percent from the April total of 23 million poults.
The 21.8 million net poults placed during May in the United States were down from the 25.1 million placed during May 2012. Net placements were down 2 percent from the April total of 22.1 million.
Turkey eggs in incubators on June 1 in the United States totaled 26.4 million, down from the 30.4 million reported on June 1, 2012. Eggs in incubators in June were up slightly from the May 1 total of 26.3 million eggs.