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How do you distribute 1 billion kilograms of chicken to consumers?
Most (62%) Canadian-produced chicken is sold through retail stores. The remaining 38% is through restaurants (fast food 23%, full service 10%), hotels and institutions (5%).
How many people are employed by, or in, the chicken industry?
The Canadian chicken industry is responsible for a total of 55,943 jobs on farms, in processing plants, in the transportation industry, etc. The production sector represents about 30,000 jobs.
Is Canada's chicken industry important to the economy?
Our industry makes a valuable contribution to Canada's economy every year. The Canadian chicken industry (both production and processing): is responsible for a total of 55,943 jobs (the production sector contributes 30,000 jobs); generates $1.78 billion in wages and personal income (the production sector represents $660 million in terms of wages and income); and contributes close to $9.9 billion to the Canadian economy as total economic activity generated (the production sector chips in more than $3.4 billion).
How much chicken does Canada produce?
Canada's chicken farmers produced 1,024 million kilograms of chicken in 2012. That's approximately 630 million birds.
How much chicken does the average Canadian eat?
The average Canadian ate 30 kg per person in 2012. This is the 17th highest per capita consumption in the world. Jamaica is first with 53 kg per person.
How much does a chicken eat?
The average chicken consumes about 1.8 kilograms of feed to gain one kilogram of weight.
How long does it take for a chicken egg to hatch?
It takes 21 days for a chick to hatch from an egg. Chicks are delivered to the farm from the hatchery, usually the same day they are hatched.
How big do the chickens get?
Most chickens are ready for market when they weigh around 2 kg. It takes 38-40 days for chickens to reach this weight. You may see chickens in other sizes too. A Cornish hen weighs between 1 and 1.1 kg at live weight and is ready for market in 28 days. And a roaster, which is grown in 50 days, weighs about 3 kg.
Are chickens given hormones or steroids?
Chickens are not given any hormones or steroids. They are not available in Canada and their use has been illegal for over 30 years.
What do chickens normally eat?
All chickens are grain-fed. Their feed consists of grain and protein. Over 88% is grains and grain by-products, protein-producing seeds, and meal made from them such as canola or soybean meal.
What does "Free-range" mean?
Free-range refers to another manner of keeping livestock and domestic poultry. The animals and poultry are permitted to graze or forage outdoors. The term has not been legally defined in either Canada or the U.S.
How are Canadian chickens kept?
Chickens raised for meat – called broilers – are kept in climate-controlled barns to protect against heat, cold, predators and diseases. The chickens are free to run (or roam) large areas at will and have access to feed and water 24 hours a day. This type of rearing is called free-run.
What is Chicken Farmers of Canada?
Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) is a national farmer-run organization. Our main responsibility is to ensure that our farmers produce enough chicken to meet the needs of the marketplace. The system we operate under is commonly known as supply management.