Turkey poults hatched in the U.S. in December 2010 reached 23.3 million, up 3% from the same time in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Poults placed were also up by 3% compared to 2009, with 22.7 million net poults placed in December 2010, and slightly up from the November 2010 total of 22.6 million. On Jan. 1, turkey eggs in incubators totaled 27.9 million, up 1% from the same time last year, with the East North Central U.S. posting the largest regional boost at 11% up from 2010 numbers.