Higher live weights for young chickens inspected in the U.S. contributed to an overall increase in poultry slaughtered in July when compared to July of 2012. Live weights for mature chickens, however, were less in July than they were during the same month of 2012.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Poultry Slaughter report, released on August 26, young chickens inspected in the U.S. during the month totaled 4.37 billion pounds, a five percent year-over-year increase. The average weight for young chickens inspected in July was 5.84 pounds, a 1 percent increase over the July 2012 average live weights.

The average live weight of mature chickens in July was 5.86 pounds per bird, down 4 percent from 2012. A total of 68.3 million pounds from mature chickens was inspected during July, a 1 percent drop from the total weight inspected in July 2012.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during July was 5.1 billion pounds, up 5 percent from 4.87 billion pounds during July 2012. Turkey inspections totaled 643 million pounds, up 3 percent from a year ago.  Live turkey weights also played a factor in the total amount slaughtered, as turkeys inspected during July averaged 29.7 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from July 2012.

Ducks inspected for slaughter in July totaled 14.3 million pounds, up 15 percent from last year. However, the average live weight for ducks in July was 6.7 pounds, down from the 6.8 pound average for July 2012.