Chickens

Broiler chick placements were down in Arkansas last week.

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Arkansas were 21.4 million during the week ending February 9. Placements were down 5 percent from the comparable week in 2018 and down 6 percent from the previous week.

Arkansas hatcheries set 24.5 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending February 9, up 2 percent from the same period last year and up 3 percent from the previous week.

Hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 228 million eggs in incubators during the week ending February 9, 2019, up 1 percent from a year ago. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week in the United States was 82.1 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 183 million chicks for meat production during the week ending February 9, 2019, up 3 percent from a year ago. Cumulative placements from the week ending January 5 through February 9 for the United States were 1.10 billion. Cumulative placements were up 1 percent from the same period a year earlier.

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