The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during April was up 7 percent from 2012 numbers, increasing from 4.66 billion pounds to 4.97 billion pounds. The April figures were released in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's's Poultry Slaughter report on May 23.

Young chickens inspected totaled 4.25 billion pounds, also a 7 percent increase from April 2012, while mature chickens, at 72.3 million pounds, were up 10 percent over 2012 numbers, according to the report.

Poultry certified wholesome during April totaled 3.75 billion pounds, up 7 percent from the amount of certified ready-to-cook weights from April 2012 and rebounding from the revised March total of 3.52 billion pounds, which was a 2 percent decrease from the total weight certified in March 2012.