Industry At A Glance

2019 Statistics


  • Manitoba had 23 hatching egg producers and 122 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 11,004 hens producing 1.65 million eggs annually.
  • The smallest farm produced 975,000 eggs every year and the largest produced 3 million eggs.
  • Manitoba’s hatching egg production for 2019 was 39.2 million eggs, up 1.79% from 2018. Manitoba hatcheries imported 6.03 million eggs, down 6.52% from 2018.
  • In 2019 locally produced eggs accounted for 86.8% of the total eggs set at Manitoba hatcheries.
  • The average hatchability of Manitoba broiler hatching eggs was 85.2% in 2019. Import egg hatchability was 83.1%.
  • Hatching egg producers are paid based on the number of saleable chicks. The producer price as of December 31, 2019 was 61.5 cents for every saleable chick. This is 3.9 cents higher than the previous year.
  • Manitoba had 4 hatcheries.

Broiler Chickens

  • Manitoba had 122 registered chicken farms, located mainly in the southeast corner of Manitoba.
  • The average farm raised 71,563 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”.
  • Total chicken production in 2019 = 52.9 million kg eviscerated, up 1.4 million kilograms from the previous year.
  • Production in Manitoba increased 24.8% from 2009 to 2019.
  • Manitoba had 4% of the total Canadian chicken production. Ontario and Quebec had the greatest market share at 34% and 27% respectively.
  • The average price paid to a Manitoba producer for 1 kg of live chicken in 2019 was $1.6206 (2018 = $1.5890, 2017 = $1.5500).
  • Manitoba has 2 federally inspected chicken processing companies – Sunrise Poultry Co. (operating as Dunn-Rite Food Products) and Exceldor Cooperative (operating as Granny’s Poultry Co-operative Ltd.). There are three provincially licensed companies – Waldner Meats, West Man Processors, and Favour-Rite Meats.


  • Canada ranks 17th on the list of leading chicken producing countries. In 2019 Canada raised 1.30 billion kilograms. The United States tops the list, producing 19.70 billion kgs in 2019. China and Brazil are second and third with 13.75 billion kgs and 13.69 billion kgs respectively.
  • Canada is 19th on the list of leading chicken importers, bringing in 166 million kgs in 2019. By contrast, Canada ranks 12th on the list of leading chicken exporters, sending 141 million kgs of chicken around the world.
  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for chicken in 2019 was 164.5 (2002=100). The CPI for all foods was 150.2. In comparison the American 2019 CPI for chicken parts was 223.3 and 258.3 for all foods.
  • Chicken retained its lead as the #1 meat choice in Canada with 38.4% of total meat consumption (2019). In the United States, chicken also leads with a 39.5% share of total meat consumption (2019).
  • Canadians ate 35.1 kgs of chicken per person in 2019. Canada had the 13th highest per person chicken consumption in the world in 2019.  UAE led the world with 61.3 kgs per person followed by Malaysia (54.9 kgs), Qatar (54.7 kgs) and The USA (50.2 kgs).
  • Data for 2019 is unavailable: In Canada in 2018, 59% of chicken consumed was purchased at a retail outlet. 24% was purchased from a fast food outlet, 11% from a full service restaurant and 5% was served in hotels and institutions.

2018 Industry At A Glance

2017 Industry At A Glance