Poults hatched in December were down slightly compared to a year ago, NASS said. Poults hatched totaled 21.9 million for the month. But poults hatched in December were 3 percent higher compared to the November 2013 total of 21.2 million poults.
Net poults placed in December totaled 20.7 million, down 4 percent from the number placed during the same month a year ago, according to NASS. Net placements climbed 4 percent from the November 2013 total of 19.9 million.