Farmer's Report

Chicken Trends - July 30, 2021

Poultry market information is from the week of July 26, 2021.

Urner Barry reports that frozen chicken wing inventory is at the lowest levels since 2012. UB also reports fresh jumbo wings, jumbo tenders and boneless thigh meat prices continue to be at record highs.

This week, the poultry markets have been relatively unremarkable. Analysts expect slight price declines of most major categories to appear through September. As we are at the end of July, the dark meat categories have stabilized. The small and medium breast meat markets are stable to tight. The jumbo breast meat prices have started to level out; however, analysts still expect declines in the near term. Analysts report that the breast meat supply appears to be on the rise, which is reflected in spot load availability and slightly weaker pricing. The select and jumbo tender markets continued the same trend as in recent weeks, as supply is tight, and pricing continues to trend higher. Pricing of small wings declined again this week, as jumbo and medium wings remained unchanged.

Broiler-Type Eggs Set in the United States Up 6%

Hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 241 million eggs in incubators during the week ending July 24, 2021, up 6% from a year ago. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week in the United States was 80.1%. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler-Type Chicks Placed in the United States down 1%

Broiler growers in the United States weekly program placed 187 million chicks for meat production for the week ending July 24, 2021, down 1% from a year ago. Cumulative placements for the weeks ending January 9 through July 24, 2021 for the United States were 5.42 billion. Cumulative placements were up 1% from the same period a year earlier.


Analysts report that small bird demand is balanced this week, as prices slightly declined. The market for larger-size whole birds and WOGs is in a balanced position, according to analysts.


The small/select and medium boneless breast market remained unchanged. The jumbo market declined. According to analysts, demand for jumbo boneless breasts appears to have softened, resulting in a higher volume of spot offerings. Spot load offerings for small sizes of boneless breasts have not surfaced. Analysts expect the select, medium and jumbo breast meat markets to trend flat to downward through August and September.

This week, the jumbo tender markets remained steady. Analysts expect this market to trend flat to upward, as foodservice operators try to find a less expensive alternative to cut wings. Spot load offerings of small or jumbo fresh tenders have been minimal this week, and when offered, the pricing has been aggressive. Frozen offers of jumbo tenders have not surfaced this week.


This week, pricing for small wings decreased, while medium and jumbo wings remained unchanged. Analysts predict these markets will be flat to slightly lower in the near term, as supply increases and labor issues improve. Spot offers of small and medium whole wings have been uncovered, with attractive pricing. Very few jumbo wing offers have surfaced with, pricing above market quotes.


The boneless, skinless thigh meat market was unchanged this week. Spot offerings of boneless thighs are surfacing, with pricing slightly lower than in recent weeks. Analysts have forecasted this market to trend flat to slightly downward in the near term.

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