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Live weight vs. processed weight question.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Trollkiller, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What percentage of weight do you lose with processing?

    In other words, if a chicken weighs X pounds live, what will they weigh processed? (Rough numbers are fine)
     
  2. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About 2/3 seems about right in my (very limited) experience. I'd imagine a huge cornish cross will dress to more and a bony scrawny bird would be less, but for a ballpark, that will do.
     
  3. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.
     
  4. moenmitz

    moenmitz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No offense intended, but I think perhaps you mean the dressed weight will be 2/3 of the live weight- they lose about 1/3 during processing.
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    After 12 hr feed restriction, I get about 75% yield.
     
  6. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No offense intended, but I think perhaps you mean the dressed weight will be 2/3 of the live weight- they lose about 1/3 during processing.

    Thanks for the clarification, but I understood what was meant.
     
  7. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So 2/3 to 3/4 of live weight. Good deal.
     
  8. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
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    [​IMG] none taken!!! exactly right, thanks!

    Quote:No offense intended, but I think perhaps you mean the dressed weight will be 2/3 of the live weight- they lose about 1/3 during processing.
     

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