The number of broiler eggs set in commercial hatcheries in the United States declined for the fourth consecutive week, according to the UDSA's September 25 Broiler Hatchery report. Despite the recent decline in broiler eggs set, the number of eggs set is still up 1 percent when compared to the corresponding week of 2012.

About 191 million broiler eggs were set during the week ending September 21, nearly a 2 percent drop when compared to the week ending September 14, and a 6 percent decline from the 202 million broiler eggs set during the week ending August 24. The number of broiler eggs set has declined each week since August 24, with the biggest drop taking place during the week ending September 7, when the egg numbers went from 200 million to 195 million.

The report showed more stability for the number of broiler chicks placed. An estimated 165 million chicks were placed during the week ending September 21, down 1 million from the week ending September 14 but up nearly 1 million from the week ending August 21. Chicks placed during the most recent reporting period were up 3 million from the comparable week of 2012.