Average meat from Live weight Question.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by joeyschicks, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. joeyschicks

    joeyschicks New Egg

    Apr 15, 2009
    How do I calculate the average amount of meat I will get from the live weight of the chicken. Is there a percentage? For instance, if I have a 6 pound chicken, what would the average weight be after it is killed and processed?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It will be anywhere between about 60-80% depending on the bird. Sometimes less if you are doing a "dual" or "layer" breed, if feed was withheld, and depending on what you are keeping, ie feet, innards, neck and so on.
  3. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    McCleary, WA
    On a 6 lb bird you will get a 4.5 dressed bird. No neck or feet, all clean and ready to eat.

    You can figure on about a 25-30% weight lose on your live to dress weights. That is if you with held fed for 24hrs prior to processing.

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