WASHINGTON – Turkey eggs in incubators on April 1 totaled 28.2 million, an increase of 2 percent from 2011, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Eggs in incubators retreated 3 percent from the March 1 total of 29.0 million eggs, NASS said.

NASS said turkey poults hatched during March totaled 25.2 million, up 4 percent from the year-ago period. Poults hatched advanced 9 percent from the February total of 23.2 million poults.

The 24.8 million net poults placed during March were up 5 percent from the number producers placed during the same month a year earlier. Net placements increased 9 percent from the February total of 22.9 million, according to NASS.