How Many Chickens in the World?

It’s National Chicken Month again. Admittedly, this is the first I’ve ever heard of this “celebration” of chicken. Turns out chicken is something to be celebrated. Daily Snippet:

Over 50 billion chickens are reared annually as a source of food, for both their meat and their eggs

That according to CIWF. This makes the chicken the most populous bird in the world.

In the United States, it is estimated that 9 billion chickens, along with half a billion turkeys are slaughtered for human consumption annually. That constitutes 95% of the land animals killed for food in the country. That’s a lot of chickens.