Hatcheries in the United States 19 state weekly program set 206 million eggs in incubators for the week, up 2 percent from a year ago. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 83 percent.
Chicks placed for meat production as part of the 19 state weekly program totaled 169 million, a 2 percent increase from last year. Cumulative placements from Dec. 29, 2013, through Aug. 9 were 5.50 billion. Cumulative placements declined slightly from the same period a year ago.