POULTRY: DEFINITIONS OF USE CLASSES Icon for PDF

CHICKENS
Egg Includes all developmental stages from in ovo until hatching.
Laying Hens (layers) Hens that produce eggs for human consumption.
Chicks Chickens from day of hatch until they are able to survive in ambient temperature (no longer brooded).
Broiler Chickens (fryers or frying chickens) Meat-type chickens normally grown to a market age of 35 - 49 days and market weights of approximately 4 - 7lb (1.8 - 3.2 kg).
Roasters (roasting chickens) Meat-type chickens grown to market weights of approximately 6 - 9 lb (2.7 - 4.1 kg).
Replacement Chickens Chickens intended to become laying hens or breeding chickens.
Breeding Chickens Sexually mature male or female chickens, of any type, intended for the production of fertile eggs; the eggs are not intended for human consumption.
TURKEYS
Egg Includes all developmental stages from in ovo until hatching.
Laying Hens (layers) Hens that produce eggs for human consumption.
Poults Turkeys from day of hatch until they are able to survive in ambient temperature (no longer brooded).
Growing Turkeys Turkeys grown for meat purposes to a market age of approximately 17 (female) or 22 (male) weeks; may be further divided into heavy or light turkey strains.
Finishing Turkeys Turkeys intended for meat production during the last 2 - 4 weeks of growth.
Replacement Turkeys Turkeys intended to become laying hens or breeding turkeys.
Breeding Turkeys Sexually mature male or female turkeys, of any type, intended for the production of fertile eggs; the eggs are not intended for human consumption.