Poultry certified wholesome during May 2022 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 4.25 billion pounds, up three percent from the amount certified in May 2021, according to USDA’s latest Poultry Slaughter report.

The April 2022 revised certified total at 4.04 billion pounds, was down four percent from April 2021. The April revision represented an increase of 3.19 million pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during May 2022 was 5.60 billion pounds, up three percent from 5.42 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 5.01 billion pounds, up five percent from May 2021. Mature chickens, at 66.1 million pounds, were up one percent from the previous year.

Young chickens slaughtered during May 2022 averaged 6.42 pounds per bird, down one percent from May 2021. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.85 pounds per bird, up slightly from a year ago.

May 2021 contained 21 weekdays (including one holiday) and five Saturdays. May 2022 contained 22 weekdays (including one holiday) and four Saturdays.

The report can be viewed here.