How long does it take for broiler chickens to be ready for the market?

Small and Backyard Flocks, Animal Welfare January 30, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

 

Broilers chickens are specially bred for fast growth and slaughtered when they weigh approximately four pounds, usually between seven and nine weeks of age.  Birds between 12 and 20 weeks of age, typically weighing between five and ten pounds, are called roasters. 

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.