How To Get Into Chicken Farming

Raising broiler chickens for meat, and broiler breeder chickens for hatching (fertilized) eggs, is regulated by Manitoba Chicken Producers (MCP) as part of Canada’s supply managed farming system. A quota from Manitoba Chicken Producers is required. The minimum broiler quota is 30,000 kilograms per flock (usually 7 flocks each year) and the minimum broiler breeder hatching egg quota is 7,000 hens per flock (1 flock per year).

All broiler quotas and broiler breeder hatching egg quotas are owned by Manitoba Chicken Producers.
If you are allocated a quota by MCP you are granted the right to raise that quota but you don’t own it.

Ways to get quota

1. Buy an existing farm – Known as a complete farm sale, this happens when a quota holder decides to retire from chicken farming and sell the land, buildings, and equipment used for raising chickens. Once an offer to purchase has been made, the buyer and seller must apply to MCP for approval to transfer the quota registration to the buyer. The application and approval process takes a minimum of 2 to 3 months and preliminary approval must be obtained from MCP before the buyer takes possession of the farm.

The buyer must commit to raise chickens at that location for a minimum of 5 years. If you are interested in buying an existing broiler or broiler breeder farm, contact a farm real estate agent to see if there are any farms available.  The majority of broiler and broiler breeder farms are located in the south east corner of Manitoba.  Manitoba Chicken Producers does not keep a list of farms for sale.

2. Make a bid on the Quota Retirement Exchange – The Quota Retirement Exchange lets quota holders retire, or downsize, their chicken farm without selling their land, buildings and equipment.  A quota holder can offer some or all of their quota on the Exchange.  The minimum amount of the quota the public can bid on is 30,000 kilograms for broilers, or 7000 hens for breeders. Quota amounts below the minimums are not open for public bidding.

You do not need to own land or a suitable barn to submit a bid on the Exchange, but you must be prepared to purchase land in Manitoba, build or renovate a barn and buy the equipment required to raise chickens. The cost of your bid does not include any costs associated with land, buildings and equipment. Successful bidders must commit to raising the quota for a minimum of 5 years.

Quota Exchanges are not scheduled – they only happen when MCP receives an offer.  If you are a Manitoba resident and would like to be notified about Exchanges that are open to the public, send an email with your name, email address and mailing address. The Notification List does not automatically renew – you will receive an email every January asking if you want to continue to be on the list.

Past broiler Quota Exchanges
Past broiler breeder hatching egg Quota Exchanges