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I heard that supply management means that Canadian chicken farmers are inefficient and unproductive.
I’ve read that “broiler” chickens get so big that they become crippled by their own weight. Is this true?
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What kinds of chickens are raised for their meat in Canada? - James P, BC
The majority of chickens raised for their meat in Canada are cross breeds based on the Plymouth White Rock and the Cornish White. Some specialty breeds such as Silkies and Taiwanese Chickens are also raised for their meat.
Do chickens raised as food also lay eggs? - Melanie B, ON
In Canada, chickens raised for fresh meat don’t lay eggs. However, some processed meats (such as deli-meats, nuggets, and meat in pre-made soups) may come from egg-laying birds. Chicken Farmers of Canada only represents farmers raising chickens for fresh meat.
Are chickens farmed year round in provinces with very cold winters? - Andrew G, QC
Yes. Chickens are raised year-round in Canada thanks to climate-controlled barns where the chickens are free to roam, eat and drink.