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Live weight to processed weight question

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Linda in San Diego, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    My DH asked me the other day about the weight of a live chicken and how it compares to the processed weight. NOT that the Delightful Dozen have anything to worry about for a long time to come, but it was a question I had no clue about and I was sure someone here would have some possible answers.
    I tell DH how awesome this board is!!
  2. belibutn

    belibutn Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    East TN
    You can expect the processed weight to be about 70-75% of the live weight for your standard broiler/meat chicken.
  3. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    it always seems to be a lb for me no matter what size it is fryer or roaster.
  4. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    Thanks for the answers. But what if the birds are not meat birds but just heavies like our birds. If a hen weighs in at 5.5 lbs, what might I expect the processed weight be?
    We had steeled ourselves to process if any of the Delightful Dozen turned out to be roosters - thankfully, all are pullets so we don't have to think about that yet.
    Again, thanks for any information.
  5. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    probably right around 3.

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