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As part of its mandate to ensure fair pricing in the marketplace, the Consumer Affairs Division has been collecting live poultry prices from a sample of poultry depots throughout Trinidad. The prices listed below reflect prices collected over the period April 19th – 22nd, 2024.

It must be noted that the average price per pound (lb) is the ‘live weight’ price, which is the price before the chicken has been plucked and gutted. An additional fee is charged for plucking and gutting. Some poultry depots do not offer a separate live weight price and pluck and gut fee. Instead, they offer a single ‘dressed weight’ price which is the price per pound after the chicken has been processed.

Pluck Shop Location Price per lb (Live Weight) Pluck & Gut
Shaun’s Poultry & Meats Western Main Road, St James 9.00 15.00
Ali’s Meats & Poultry Mart 22 Pasea Main Road, Tunapuna 9.00 20.00
Chico’s Poultry Depot Caroni Savannah Rd, Chaguanas 9.00 12.00
Chicken Boys Poultry Depot St. Mary’s, Freeport 8.70 20.00
Maddy’s Poultry Depot Southern Main Rd, California 8.00 15.00
V & R Ramparas Poultry Depot LP#117 Main Rd Balmain Village, Couva 8.60 15.00
Mohammed’s Poultry Depot St Madeleine Junction, Claxton Bay 8.50 15.00
Nell's Poultry Depot Duncan Village, San Fernando 8.50 15.00
V Mac Poultry Depot 149 Malgretoute Village, Princes Town 9.00 15.00
St. Charles Poultry St. Charles Village, Princes Town 8.80 15.00
Ravi’s Poultry Depot Baron Street, La Romain 8.25 15.00
Mohammed’s Poultry 57 Manahambre Road, Princes Town 8.00 20.00
Indar’s Meat & Poultry Depot S.S. Erin Road, Penal 6.99 14.00
Avocat Poultry Depot #186 Avocat Junction, Fyzabad 8.25 12.00
Low Price Depot Guapo Road, Fyzabad 8.70 14.00
Ramphally’s Poultry Depot High Street, Rio Claro (next to Unipet) 9.00 15.00
D Poultry Depot Naparima Mayaro Road, Rio Claro 9.00 14.00
T. Ragoonanan Poultry St Mary’s Moruga 8.50 15.00
AVERAGE PRICE 8.54 15.33
Pluck Shop Location Price per lb (Dressed Weight) $
Phoenix Meat Importers George Street, Port of Spain 15.00
D’Abadie Meat Mart D’Abadie 15.50
Reeyad's Poultry Depot Aranguez 16.00
St. Augustine Poultry Depot Eastern Main Road, St. Augustine 18.00
Joycelyn Poultry Depot E.M.R. Sangre Grande 18.00
Ishmaeel’s Poultry Depot L.P. A55 Monroe Road, Cunupia 16.00
Mayaro Poultry & Meats Next to Mayaro Market, Mayaro 16.50
Riaz Poultry Depot Calcutta Road. #2 Freeport 16.00
Dillon’s Meat Shop 153 Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore 16.00
Market City Poultry Naparima Mayaro Rd, San Fernando 17.00
Shamo’s Poultry & Meat Shop 45 Siparia Old Road, Fyzabad 16.00
Imtiaz Poultry Depot California 16.00
R.P.M Meats St Mary’s Village, Moruga 18.00
Jeremy's Poultry Depot Quesnel Street, Arima 17.00
Market Poultry Depot San Juan 16.00

Consumers are advised that of the two (2) pricing methods that exist, there is no general rule of thumb that one method is better than the other. The preferred method will always be the one that offers more value for money for consumers at the time of purchase. To illustrate this, assume a consumer wishes to purchase a 5lb chicken at a poultry depot that uses the live weight pricing method. Using the total average price per lb of $7.45 and an average pluck and gut fee of $15.13, a 5lb bird will cost the consumer $52.38 (5 x $7.45) + $15.13).

However, it is estimated that, on average, 20% of the live weight of the bird is lost in the pluck and gut process. Therefore, when purchasing a 5lb bird for $52.38, the consumer will actually get a bird with a weight of around 4lbs after processing. This translates to a final price of around $13.10 per lb for the actual bird. Estimated final prices for other similar weights are shown below:

Live Weight Average price per lb $ Price per bird inclusive of pluck and gut* $ Dressed weight (20% loss) Final price per lb to consumer $
6 lbs 7.45 59.83 4.8 lbs 12.46
5 lbs 7.45 52.38 4.0 lbs 13.10
4 lbs 7.45 44.93 3.2 lbs 14.04
*15.13 pluck and gut

As always, the CAD is interested in safeguarding not just the economic well-being of consumers but their health interests as well. Accordingly, consumers are advised to always:

  1. Compare prices across poultry depots;
  2. Ensure that the premises of poultry depots are maintained in a sanitary condition and that there is running water;
  3. Ensure that handling is done in a safe and sanitary fashion;
  4. Ensure that processed chicken is free of all entrails and is not discoloured; and
  5. Ensure that you, and the establishment where you shop, are following all Public Health Protocols.

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