• Manitoba had 23 hatching egg producers and 118 registered broiler (meat) chicken producers.
  • 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 9830 hens producing 1.47 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 2016 was 33.3 million eggs, up 8.24% from 2015. Manitoba hatcheries imported 6.85 million eggs, down 18.7% from 2015.
  • In 2016 locally produced eggs accounted for 83.1% of the total eggs set at Manitoba hatcheries.
  • The average hatchability of Manitoba broiler hatching eggs was 85% in 2016. Import egg hatchability was 81%.
  • Hatching egg producers are paid based on the number of saleable chicks. The producer price as of December 31, 2016 was 53.3 cents for every saleable chick. This is 0.3 cents lower than the previous year.
  • Manitoba had 4 hatcheries.

Broiler Chickens

  • Manitoba had 118 registered chicken farms, located mainly in the southeast corner of Manitoba.
  • The average farm raised 62,287 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 2016 = 48.9 million kg eviscerated, up 2.4 million kilograms from the previous year.
  • Production in Manitoba increased 20.7% from 2006 to 2016.
  • 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 $1.6000 (2015 = $1.6077, 2014 = $1.6296, 2013 = $1.7029).
  • 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 2016 Canada raised 1.15 billion kilograms.  The United States tops the list, producing 18.2 billion kgs in 2016.   Brazil and China are second and third with 12.9 billion kgs and 12.3 billion kgs respectively.
  • Canada is 14th on the list of leading chicken importers, bringing in 193 million kilograms in 2016.  By contrast, Canada ranks 8th on the list of leading chicken exporters, sending 165 million kilograms of chicken around the world.
  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for chicken in 2016 was 155.4 (2002=100). The CPI for all foods was 142.6.  In comparison the American 2016 CPI for chicken parts was 217.8 and 247.9 for all foods.
  • Chicken retained its lead as the #1 meat choice in Canada with 37.1% of total meat consumption (2016). In the United States, chicken also leads with a 39% share of total meat consumption (2016).
  • Canadians ate 32.5 kg of chicken per person in 2016. Canada had the 18th highest per person chicken consumption in the world in 2016.  Qatar led the world with 64.9 kg per person followed by Malaysia (55.6 kg) and Hong Kong (48.2 kg).  Per capita consumption in the USA was 47.4kg.
  • In Canada in 2016, 59% of chicken consumed was purchased at a retail outlet. 24% was purchased from a fast food outlet, 12% from a full service restaurant and 5% was served in hotels and institutions.