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How much does an average chicken weigh?

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As of 2011 statistics, the average broiler chicken weighed 5.80 pounds at 47 days old. The average amount of food given to each broiler was 1.91 pounds to make it gain the weight over 47 days.

By comparison, the average broiler chicken weighed 5.03 pounds in 2000, 3.93 pounds in 1980 and 2.89 pounds in 1940. The mortality rate of chickens raised for food was approximately 3.8 percent in 2011, compared to 5 percent in 1995 and 10 percent in 1945. In California, the average broiler chicken weighed 4.8 pounds after 49 days in 1995 and 4 pounds after 42 days of feeding.


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