If you buy a whole chicken in the supermarket it is defeathered, without head and feet and with the inner organs removed (sometimes you get some organs in a bag but I'm going to ignore that for this question). What I would like to know is how much, in terms of weight of a living chicken is a whole supermarket chicken? How much weight are the various pieces that are removed? If this makes a difference, assume the supermarket chicken weighs 1.5 kgs (a little over 3 pounds).

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    I think any answer is going to be extremely vague – is there a specific reason you're asking?
    – dbmag9
    Mar 7, 2021 at 11:36
  • It's an interesting question to want to know the answer to, there needs be no other reason. :)
    – alan2here
    Mar 7, 2021 at 12:06

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Broiler chickens, at least in the US, are bred to grow quickly. They are usually slaughtered when then weigh about 4 pounds, which is at about 7 to 9 weeks. In general, a grocery store broiler weighs about 3 to 3.5 pounds. As the comments above suggest, this is a very general response. It would be difficult to be more accurate.

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