Broiler Hatchery
Broiler Hatchery

ISSN: 1949-1840

Released August 14, 2019, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA).

Broiler-Type Eggs Set in the United States Up 1 Percent

Hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 231 million eggs in 
incubators during the week ending 
August 10, 2019, up 1 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-Type Chicks Placed in the United States Up 1 Percent

Broiler growers in the United States weekly program placed 189 million chicks 
for meat production during the week ending August 10, 2019, up 1 percent from 
a year ago. Cumulative placements from the week ending January 5, 2019 
through August 10, 2019 for the United States were 5.97 billion. Cumulative 
placements were up 1 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Broiler-Type Eggs Set - Selected States and United States: 2019
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                              :                                    Week ending                                    
             State            :-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              :   July 6,   :  July 13,   :  July 20,   :  July 27,   :  August 3,  : August 10,  
                              :    2019     :    2019     :    2019     :    2019     :    2019     :    2019     
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                              :                                    1,000 eggs                                     
                              :                                                                                   
Alabama ......................:    31,149        31,044        31,338        31,190        30,539        31,215   
Arkansas .....................:    25,036        24,801        24,739        24,775        24,989        24,364   
Delaware .....................:     5,058         5,058         5,366         5,152         5,152         5,176   
Florida ......................:     1,163         1,163         1,178         1,178         1,178         1,178   
Georgia ......................:    35,610        34,945        35,114        34,903        34,741        34,576   
Kentucky .....................:     7,815         7,831         7,756         7,460         7,814         7,874   
Louisiana ....................:     3,682         3,712         3,727         3,619         3,713         3,697   
Maryland .....................:     7,659         7,920         8,068         7,834         8,097         7,958   
Mississippi ..................:    18,705        18,263        18,276        18,566        18,490        18,490   
Missouri .....................:     8,485         8,297         8,631         8,618         8,614         8,494   
                              :                                                                                   
North Carolina ...............:    23,385        23,608        23,982        23,800        23,913        23,618   
Oklahoma .....................:     7,698         7,530         7,648         7,237         7,617         7,131   
Pennsylvania .................:     5,608         5,619         5,836         5,616         5,657         5,487   
South Carolina ...............:     5,892         5,794         5,645         5,676         5,698         5,798   
Texas ........................:    17,645        17,548        17,338        17,640        17,558        17,714   
Virginia .....................:     6,274         6,423         6,425         6,425         6,349         6,062   
California, Tennessee,        :                                                                                   
 and West Virginia ...........:    12,272        12,640        12,657        12,545        12,299        12,149   
                              :                                                                                   
Other States .................:     9,801         9,644         9,557         9,763         9,791         9,520   
                              :                                                                                   
United States ................:   232,937       231,840       233,281       231,997       232,209       230,501   
Percent of previous year .....:       101           102           102           101           101           101   
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Broiler-Type Chicks Placed - Selected States and United States: 2019
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                              :                                    Week ending                                    
             State            :-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              :   July 6,   :  July 13,   :  July 20,   :  July 27,   :  August 3,  : August 10,  
                              :    2019     :    2019     :    2019     :    2019     :    2019     :    2019     
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                              :                                   1,000 chicks                                    
                              :                                                                                   
Alabama ......................:    22,988        23,418        22,790        23,483        22,746        22,077   
Arkansas .....................:    20,092        21,709        21,846        23,584        23,543        23,640   
Delaware .....................:     4,593         4,652         4,537         4,562         5,665         5,078   
Florida ......................:     1,300         1,167         1,289         1,303         1,303         1,319   
Georgia ......................:    28,011        27,995        26,644        27,474        27,753        29,878   
Kentucky .....................:     6,497         5,712         6,068         6,565         6,860         6,143   
Louisiana ....................:     3,254         3,400         2,955         3,213         3,228         3,202   
Maryland .....................:     6,224         6,182         5,245         5,323         5,281         5,434   
Mississippi ..................:    15,756        15,842        15,718        16,021        15,421        15,519   
Missouri .....................:     6,340         5,778         5,718         5,834         6,104         6,025   
                              :                                                                                   
North Carolina ...............:    19,029        19,808        18,854        19,275        18,982        18,932   
Oklahoma .....................:     6,259         4,313         5,552         4,120         3,605         3,426   
Pennsylvania .................:     4,145         4,163         3,829         4,231         4,256         4,295   
South Carolina ...............:     4,897         5,058         5,880         4,670         4,843         4,551   
Texas ........................:    14,115        14,515        14,024        14,535        14,183        14,228   
Virginia .....................:     5,718         5,571         6,573         6,537         5,619         6,193   
California, Tennessee,        :                                                                                   
 and West Virginia ...........:    10,854        11,374        10,948        10,631        10,849        11,038   
                              :                                                                                   
Other States .................:     7,518         7,831         6,808         7,459         7,278         7,547   
                              :                                                                                   
United States ................:   187,590       188,488       185,278       188,820       187,519       188,525   
Percent of previous year .....:       101           101           100           101           102           101   
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Statistical Methodology

Survey Procedures: Data for broiler hatchery estimates are collected weekly 
from all broiler-type hatcheries that hatch at least one million chicks a 
year. Individual NASS regional field offices maintain a list of all known 
hatcheries and update their lists on a continual basis. All hatcheries that 
meet the minimum size criteria are given adequate time to respond to the 
weekly survey. Those that do not respond are contacted by telephone. The 
weekly United States total for chicks placed includes states receiving 
greater than 500,000 chicks annually for grow-out.

Estimating Procedures: All data are analyzed for unusual values. Data from 
each operation are compared to their own past operating profile and to trends 
from similar operations. Data for missing operations are estimated based on 
similar operations or historical data. NASS regional field offices prepare 
these estimates by using a combination of survey indications and historic 
trends. Individual State estimates are reviewed by the Agricultural 
Statistics Board for reasonableness.

Revision Policy: Revisions are generally the result of late or corrected 
data. Revisions made to the previous five-week's data during the current week 
are published in this report. Final estimates are published in the annual 
Hatchery Production Summary released in April.

Reliability: Estimates are subject to errors such as omission, duplication, 
and mistakes in reporting, recording, and processing the data. While these 
errors cannot be measured directly, they are minimized through strict quality 
controls in the data collection process and a careful review of all reported 
data for consistency and reasonableness.

Information Contacts

Listed below are the commodity specialists in the Livestock Branch of the National Agricultural 
Statistics Service to contact for additional information. E-mail inquiries may be sent to 
nass@nass.usda.gov

Travis Averill, Chief, Livestock Branch .......................................... (202) 720-3570

Tony Dorn, Head, Poultry and Specialty Commodities Section ....................... (202) 690-3223
   Holly Brenize - Poultry Slaughter.............................................. (202) 720-0585
   Alissa Cowell-Mytar - Cold Storage, Capacity of Refrigerated Warehouses ....... (202) 720-4751
   Liana Cuffman - Catfish and Trout, Egg Products, Mink, Census of Aquaculture .. (202) 720-8784
   Adam Peters - Broiler Hatchery, Chicken Hatchery .............................. (202) 690-3237 
   Kim Linonis - Layers, Eggs .................................................... (202) 690-3676
   Fatema Haque - Turkey Hatchery, Turkeys Raised ................................ (202) 720-3244
   Vacant - Cost of Pollination, Honey, Honey Bee Colonies ....................... (202) 720-6147

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