Chicken (Broiler and Other) Production
Head and Live Weight

YEAR BROILERS TOTAL CHICKEN BROILERS TOTAL CHICKEN
     
in 1,000,000 lbs
1955 1,092 1,467 3,350 4,973
1956 1,334 1,720 4,270 5,909
1957 1,448 1,758 4,683 6,022
1958 1,660 2,005 5,431 6,921
1959 1,737 2,048 5,763 7,109
1960 1,795 2,125 6,017 7,181
1961 1,991 2,331 6,823 8,002
1962 2,023 2,343 6,907 8,066
1963 2,102 2,416 7,276 8,388
1964 2,161 2,477 7,521 8,637
1965 2,334 2,635 8,111 9,321
1966 2,571 2,907 8,889 10,044
1967 2,592 2,913 9,183 10,448
1968 2,620 2,918 9,326 10,512
1969 2,789 3,098 10,048 11,195
1970 2,987 3,239 10,819 12,010
1971 2,945 3,215 10,818 12,058
1972 3,075 3,326 11,480 12,674
1973 3,009 3,256 11,220 12,380
1974 2,993 3,259 11,320 12,581
1975 2,950 3,187 11,096 12,189
1976 3,283 3,515 12,517 13,613
1977 3,400 3,637 12,993 14,117
1978 3,613 3,851 14,022 15,059
1979 3,951 4,199 15,519 16,721
1980 3,963 4,204 15,539 16,717
1981 4,148 4,390 16,520 17,735
1982 4,149 4,395 16,760 17,932
1983 4,148 4,416 17,038 18,175
1984 4,283 4,508 17,861 18,928
1985 4,470 4,690 18,810 19,835
1986 4,649 4,867 19,661 20,687
1987 5,004 5,222 21,523 22,541
1988 5,238 5,462 22,464 23,503
1989 5,517 5,716 23,979 24,906
1990 5,864 6,072 25,631 26,606
1991 6,137 6,335 27,203 28,144
1992 6,402 6,609 28,829 29,795
1993 6,694 6,892 30,618 31,582
1994 7,018 7,219 32,528 33,550
1995 7,326 7,530 34,222 35,295
1996 7,598 7,772 36,483 37,407
1997 7,764 7,955 37,541 38,466
1998 7,934 8,134 38,557 39,534
1999 8,146 8,360 40,829 41,888
2000 8,284 8,502 41,626 42,739
2001 8,390 8,592 42,452 43,484
2002 8,591 8,791 44,059 45,098
2003 8,493 8,683 43,958 44,943
2004 8,741 8,933 45,796 46,795
2005 8,872 9,066 47,856 48,755
2006 8,868 9,042 48,830 49,862
2007 8,907 9,075 49,331 50,244
2008 9,009 9,185 50,472 51,379
2009 8,550 8,801 47,752 48,659
2010 8,625 8,797 49,162 50,055
2011 estimated* 8,750 8,930 50,400 51,300

* NCC
Note: Difference between broilers and total chickens is spent fowl from breeder flock and table-egg layers.
Source: USDA

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