WASHINGTON – On Jan 1, turkey eggs in incubators in the United States totaled 28.1 million, down 1 percent from Jan. 1, 2012. Meanwhile eggs in incubators were up 5 percent from the Dec. 1, 2012, total of 26.7 million eggs, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture.

During December 2012, turkey poults hatched in the US totaled 22 million, down 11 percent from December 2011. Poults hatched were down 7 percent from the November 2012 total of 23.7 million poults.

The 21.1 million net poults placed during December 2012 in the US were down 12 percent from the number placed during the same month a year earlier. Net placements were down 9 percent from the November 2012 total of 23.2 million.