Chick placement

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Arkansas were 22.6 million during the week ending September 7.

Placements were down 1 percent from the comparable week in 2018 but up 12 percent from the previous week. Arkansas hatcheries set 23.5 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending September 7, up 7 percent from the same period last year but down 3 percent from the previous week.

Hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 228 million eggs in incubators during the week ending September 7, up 5 percent from a year ago. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week in the United States was 82.7 percent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler growers in the United States weekly program placed 189 million chicks for meat production during the week ending September 7, up 3 percent from a year ago. Cumulative placements from the week ending January 5, 2019 through September 7, 2019 for the United States were 6.72 billion. Cumulative placements were up 1 percent from the same period a year earlier.

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