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Egg production vs. Meat production: Which is more rewarding?
In this first instalment of the layer vs. broiler debate, I offer up a quick comparison for your attention O’ poultry enthusiast.
Simply, a side-by-side comparison of output, egg vs. carcass:
- by total weight,
- edible weight,
- time interval and;
Layer vs. Broiler Production – Compared
Poultry production, in the context of chicken, can generally be split between 2 camps (*and not necessarily opposing):
- layers (egg production)
- broiler (broiler production)
Whilst both yield a useful, edible output from converted feed, the comparison of quantity and quality are not identical.
Here’s a few quick facts to help you grasp hold of any lose ends within the debate:
- By total weight…
- Average layer egg weight: 55 g
- Average total broiler body weight: 2,400 g
- By edible weight…
- Average egg weight (contents only – minus shell): 48.64 g
- Average broiler weight (meat only – minus by-products): 1,651.20 g
- Production rate…
- Mean edible egg mass daily output: 0.8 eggs per day
- Mean edible broiler meat daily output: 39.31 g of meat per day
- Production schedule…
- Eggs produced every: 1-2 days
- Broilers produced every: 42-49 days
- Eggs per average adult serving: 1-2 eggs per day (100% of a unit)
- Meat per average adult serving: 85 grams per day (5% of a unit)
But for the sake of stimulating a little thought and discourse – think through the facts above and let me know your opinion on layer vs. broiler production.
- Effectiveness for self-sufficiency
- Most economically viable
- Most profitable overall
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