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 for the period May 26th– 29th, 2023.

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
Chicken Boys Poultry Depot Charlieville 8.20 15.00
V & R Ramparas Poultry Depot LP #117 Balmain Road, Couva 7.50 15.00
Mohammed’s Poultry & Meats Claxton Bay 7.50 15.00
Chico’s Farm Poultry Depot Chaguanas 7.00 12.00
Mohammed’s Poultry Depot Manahambre Rd, Princes Town 7.99 20.00
St Charles Poultry Depot St Charles Village, Princes Town 7.00 15.00
T. Ragoonanan St. Mary’s Moruga 8.60 15.00
Ravi’s Poultry Depot La Romaine 7.00 15.00
Avocat Poultry Depo Fyzabad 7.00 12.00
Low Price Poultry Depot Fyzabad 7.00 14.00
Ramphally’s Poultry Depot High St, Rio Claro (Next to Unipet) 7.50 15.00
D Poultry Depot Rio Claro 8.00 14.00
Shaun’s Poultry (formerly National Poultry) St James 7.75 15.00
Ali’s Meats & Poultry Tunapuna 8.00 20.00
Nell’s Poultry Depot California 7.00 20.00
Maddy’s Poultry Depot Southern Main Road, California 6.50 15.00
Peter’s Poultry Depot Joyeau St, Curepe 7.40 15.00
AVERAGE PRICE 7.47 15.41
MODAL PRICE 7.00 15.00
Pluck Shop Location Price per lb (Dressed Weight) $
Reeyad’s Poultry Depot Aranguez/San Juan 15.00
D’Abadie Meat Mart D’Abadie 14.00
Phoenix Meat Importers (formerly George Street Meats) Port of Spain 12.99
St Augustine Poultry Depot Eastern Main Rd, St Augustine 18.00
Lamboy’s Poultry Depot Sangre Grande 16.00
Jocelyn Poultry Depot Sangre Grande 18.00
Ishmaeel’s Poultry Depot Monroe Road, Cunupia 16.00
Lavish Food Ltd. Bristol Village, Mayaro 16.00
Riaz Poultry Depot Calcutta Road, Freeport 15.00
Mayaro Poultry & Meats Mayaro 16.00
Dillon’s Meat Shop Barrackpore 14.00
Imtiaz Poultry Depot California 16.00
Pro Processors Arima 14.40
R.P.M Meats Moruga 15.50
Shamo’s Poultry & Meat Shop Siparia Old Road, Fyzabad 15.00
Jeremy’s Poultry Depot Quesnel St, Arima 16.00
Market City Poultry Cocoyea V’ge, San Fernando 15.00

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 better 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 $7.47 and an average pluck and gut fee of $15.41, a 5lb bird will cost the consumer $52.76 ((5 x $7.47) + $15.41).

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 $52.76, the consumer will actually get a bird with a weight of around 4lbs after processing. This translates to a final price of around $13.19 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 7.47 60.23 4.8 lbs 12.55
5 lbs 7.47 52.76 4.0 lbs 13.19
4 lbs 7.47 45.29 3.2 lbs 14.15
*15.41 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 relative to the Covid-19 pandemic (i.e. mask wearing, sanitizing, frequent washing of hands and social distancing.