Broiler Hatchery
Broiler Hatchery

ISSN: 1949-1840

Released January 21, 2021, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA).

Broiler-Type Eggs Set in the United States Down 2 Percent

Hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 235 million eggs in 
incubators during the week ending 
January 16, 2021, down 2 percent from a year ago. Average hatchability for 
chicks hatched during the week in the United States was 81.2 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 Down 1 Percent

Broiler growers in the United States weekly program placed 188 million chicks 
for meat production during the week ending January 16, 2021, down 1 percent 
from a year ago. Cumulative placements from the week ending
January 9, 2021 through January 16, 2021 for the United States were 
377 million. Cumulative placements were down 1 percent from the same period a 
year earlier.

Broiler-Type Eggs Set - Selected States and United States: 2020-2021
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                              :                                    Week ending                                    
             State            :-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              :December 12, :December 19, :December 26, : January 2,  : January 9,  : January 16, 
                              :    2020     :    2020     :    2020     :    2021     :    2021     :    2021     
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                              :                                    1,000 eggs                                     
                              :                                                                                   
Alabama ......................:    32,748        33,476        33,424        33,380        33,144        33,207   
Arkansas .....................:    23,479        24,041        24,355        24,364        24,423        24,542   
Delaware .....................:     4,948         4,762         4,669         4,669         4,669         4,669   
Florida ......................:     1,209         1,209         1,209         1,209         1,209         1,209   
Georgia ......................:    34,541        34,925        34,608        34,450        34,414        33,023   
Kentucky .....................:     7,684         7,838         7,889         7,589         7,534         7,877   
Louisiana ....................:     3,485         3,500         3,532         3,532         2,987         3,516   
Maryland .....................:     7,631         7,622         7,636         7,639         7,637         7,640   
Mississippi ..................:    17,701        18,020        17,929        17,885        17,222        17,660   
Missouri .....................:     9,163         9,183         9,198         9,227         9,165         9,149   
                              :                                                                                   
North Carolina ...............:    24,360        24,479        23,668        23,917        23,969        24,187   
Oklahoma .....................:     6,737         7,153         6,972         7,068         7,058         7,158   
Pennsylvania .................:     6,319         6,319         6,293         6,293         6,318         6,293   
South Carolina ...............:     5,530         5,848         5,879         5,675         5,618         5,870   
Texas ........................:    18,330        18,317        18,052        18,280        17,728        17,665   
Virginia .....................:     6,491         6,383         6,415         6,522         6,432         6,505   
California, Tennessee,        :                                                                                   
 and West Virginia ...........:    13,085        13,681        13,173        13,231        13,068        13,047   
                              :                                                                                   
Other States .................:    11,948        12,084        11,950        11,820        11,846        12,233   
                              :                                                                                   
United States ................:   235,389       238,840       236,851       236,750       234,441       235,450   
Percent of previous year .....:        99           100            99           100            99            98   
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Broiler-Type Chicks Placed - Selected States and United States: 2020-2021
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                              :                                    Week ending                                    
             State            :-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              :December 12, :December 19, :December 26, : January 2,  : January 9,  : January 16, 
                              :    2020     :    2020     :    2020     :    2021     :    2021     :    2021     
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                              :                                   1,000 chicks                                    
                              :                                                                                   
Alabama ......................:    23,915        24,306        23,088        24,414        23,720        24,159   
Arkansas .....................:    21,847        22,165        22,112        20,607        20,689        21,977   
Delaware .....................:     4,506         4,527         4,047         5,160         4,616         4,952   
Florida ......................:     1,258         1,332         1,291         1,182         1,297         1,308   
Georgia ......................:    26,899        27,391        25,293        26,993        26,809        26,470   
Kentucky .....................:     6,442         5,987         5,479         6,369         5,710         6,345   
Louisiana ....................:     2,938         2,920         2,677         2,961         3,125         3,120   
Maryland .....................:     4,878         5,830         6,493         4,704         5,239         4,489   
Mississippi ..................:    14,798        14,583        14,762        15,203        15,149        15,130   
Missouri .....................:     5,686         6,214         5,516         5,921         6,542         6,763   
                              :                                                                                   
North Carolina ...............:    20,007        19,477        19,288        19,735        19,639        19,370   
Oklahoma .....................:     4,299         3,299         4,096         4,880         4,273         3,207   
Pennsylvania .................:     4,768         4,767         4,760         4,771         4,785         4,761   
South Carolina ...............:     4,738         5,402         5,787         4,993         5,403         4,866   
Texas ........................:    14,715        15,358        14,083        14,687        14,896        14,655   
Virginia .....................:     6,809         6,154         4,874         5,757         5,732         6,021   
California, Tennessee,        :                                                                                   
 and West Virginia ...........:    10,907        11,888        10,363        10,620        11,815        11,514   
                              :                                                                                   
Other States .................:     9,139         9,386         9,060         9,584         9,621         9,033   
                              :                                                                                   
United States ................:   188,549       190,986       183,069       188,541       189,060       188,140   
Percent of previous year .....:       100           100            97            99           100            99   
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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@usda.gov

Travis Averill, Chief, Livestock Branch ..................................... (202) 692-0069

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, Mink, Census of Aquaculture ........... (202) 720-8784
   Fatema Haque - Turkey Hatchery, Turkeys Raised ........................... (202) 720-3244 
   Derron Martin - Chicken Hatchery, Egg Products............................ (202) 690-3237
   Adam Peters - Honey, Honey Bee Colonies .................................. (202) 690-4870
   Autumn Stone - Layers, Eggs .............................................. (202) 690-3676
   Takiyah Walker - Broiler Hatchery......................................... (202) 720-6147

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