• Manitoba had 23 hatching egg producers and 119 registered broiler (meat) chicken producers.  Six new broiler producers were added in 2015.
  • Over 97% of all registered hatching egg and chicken farms in Manitoba are family owned and operated.

Broiler Hatching Eggs

  • The average size for a broiler hatching egg farm was 9421 hens producing 1.4 million eggs annually.
  • The smallest farm produced 600,000 eggs every year and the largest produced 3 million eggs.
  • Manitoba’s hatching egg production for 2015 was 32.6 million eggs, down 2.69% from 2014. Manitoba hatcheries imported 8.42 million eggs, up 8.9% from 2014.
  • In 2015 locally produced eggs accounted for 79.4% of the total eggs set at Manitoba hatcheries.
  • The average hatchability of Manitoba broiler hatching eggs was 82.6% in 2015. Import egg hatchability was 81%.
  • Hatching egg producers are paid based on the number of saleable chicks. The producer price as of December 31, 2015 was 53.6 cents for every saleable chick. This is an increase of 2.88% from the previous year.
  • Manitoba had 4 hatcheries.

Broiler Chickens

  • Manitoba had 119 registered chicken farms, located mainly in the southeast corner of Manitoba.
  • The average farm raised 61,802 kg of chicken every 7 weeks.
  • The largest farm raised 610,600 kg of chicken every 7 weeks. The smallest farm raised 30,000 kg every 7 weeks.
  • Most chickens were ready to market when they weighed just under 2 kg. It takes 30-34 days for chickens to reach this weight. These chickens are called “broilers”.
  • Approximately 99.5% of chicken produced in Manitoba fell into the broiler weight category.
  • Total chicken production in 2015 = 46.4 million kg eviscerated, up 1.8 million kilograms from the previous year.
  • Production in Manitoba increased 14.8% from 2005 to 2015.
  • Manitoba had 4% of the total Canadian chicken production. Ontario and Quebec had the greatest market share at 33% and 27% respectively.
  • The average price paid to a Manitoba producer for 1 kg of live chicken in 2015 was $1.6077 (2014 = $1.6296, 2013 = $1.7029, 2012 = $1.6780).
  • Manitoba has 2 federally inspected chicken processing companies – Sunrise Poultry Co (operating as Dunn-Rite Food Products)and Granny’s Poultry Co-operative.  There are three provincially licensed companies – Waldner’s Meats, West Man Processors, and Favour-Rite Meats.
  • Canada ranks 17th on the list of leading chicken producing countries.  In 2015 Canada raised 1.1 billion kilograms.  The United States tops the list, producing 18 billion kgs in 2015.  China and Brazil are second and third with 13.4 billion kgs and 13.1 billion kgs respectively.
  • Canada is 13th on the list of leading chicken importers, bringing in 214 million kilograms in 2015.  By contrast, Canada ranks 8th on the list of leading chicken exporters, sending 176 million kilograms of chicken around the world.
  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for chicken in 2015 was 155 (2002=100). The CPI for all foods was 140.5.  In comparison the American 2015 CPI for chicken parts was 235.5 and 242.7 for all foods.
  • Chicken retained its lead as the meat of choice in Canada with 36.2% of total meat consumption (2015). In the United States, chicken also leads with a 39.3% share of total meat consumption (2015).
  • Canadians ate 31.9 kg of chicken per person in 2015. Canada had the 18th highest per person chicken consumption in the world in 2014.  Qatar led the world with 52.5 kg per person followed by Malaysia (52.3 kg) and Jamaica (51.5 kg).  Per capita consumption in the USA was 46.9kg.
  • In Canada in 2015, 61% of chicken consumed was purchased at a retail outlet. 24% was purchased from a fast food outlet, 10% from a full service restaurant and 5% was served in hotels and institutions.