How old are chickens when slaughtered?

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Chickens are very fast growing and sexually mature by the age of 6 months. Most chickens are slaughtered for consumption at between 30 days and 6 months of age. The chickens are usually between 4 and 5 pounds by this age and marketed as a "Fryer" or "Broiler". This is when the meat is the most tender.

Exceptions to this are chickens marketed as "Cornish Game Hens" which may be as young as 25 days old, "Roasting" chickens which are slightly over 6 months, and "spent layers" which are usually slaughtered at one or two years of age.

"Spent Layers" are hens that have been laying eggs for consumption. They are slaughtered usually at the end of their first egg laying cycle when their production slows down. Occasionally such birds are kept for a second laying cycle but they will produce fewer eggs in the second cycle. The meat of a "spent layer" is marketed in such ready made items as chicken noodle soup and chicken pot pies.

If a chicken is privately owned they can continue to lay eggs for many years.

Occasionally a diseased or poor quality chicken is slaughtered. This process is called culling.
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