The number of U.S. turkey eggs in incubators on July 1 was estimated at 27 million, a two percent increase from the nearly 26.5 million turkey eggs recorded on June 1, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's Turkey Hatchery report, released on July 15.

The figures showed the first increase since April 1, but still lag behind the 29.8 million turkey eggs in incubators recorded on July 1, 2012.

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Turkey poults hatched in the United States during the month of June totaled 21.2 million, down 4 percent from May and down 15 percent from June 2012. There were 21 million net poult placements during June, a 3 percent drop from the number of poult placements in May and a 16 percent drop from the number placed in June 2012.