On the Farm
From Farm to Table
Currently, Saskatchewan is home to 68 registered chicken farmers, 74 farms, 11 breeder farms, 2 hatcheries, 2 federally inspected processors and 1 provincially inspected processor & 15 Feed manufacturers.
Together they produced 28,659,000 chickens for meat in 2018. The chicken sector in Saskatchewan contributed 4,914 jobs, $94 million in taxes and $471 million towards the GDP.
It starts with production planning – industry meets to determine the need in the Canadian market and plans production for a determined period of time (8 weeks).
The broiler breeder produces fertilized eggs that go to the hatchery.
The eggs then head to the hatchery where they incubate the eggs. The eggs hatch at 21 days.
Once hatched the chicks are delivered to the farm from the hatchery the same day. It’s here that the farmer places chicks in the clean barn with fresh bedding.
Once placed, this is where the chickens grow & mature. They live in large, free-run, climate controlled barns with food & water 24/7.
Transport & Delivery
Once fully mature, the chickens are transported to the plant for processing. After being processed at the plant, processors deliver to retailers who sell to consumers to enjoy.