Poultry certified wholesome during November 2022 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 4.41 billion pounds, up six percent from the amount certified in November of 2021, according to USDA’s November Poultry Slaughter report.

The October 2022 revised certified total at 4.60 billion pounds was up five percent from October 2021. The October revision represented an increase of 4.07 million pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during November 2022 was 5.81 billion pounds, up six percent from 5.50 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 5.20 billion pounds, up seven percent from November 2021. Mature chickens, at 61.0 million pounds, were up three percent from the previous year.

Young chickens slaughtered during November 2022 averaged 6.57 pounds per bird, up one percent from November 2021.

The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.95 pounds per bird, up three percent from a year ago.

Ante-mortem condemnations during November 2022 totaled 12.6 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.22 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.21 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 25.9 million pounds, were 0.58 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.61 percent a year earlier.

The full report can be found here.