My sincere thanks to Mr. Bob Guy, General Manager of OBHECC for their prompt response to my queries.
Perhaps I have become too jaded by trying to get answers from Chicken Farmers of Ontario ("CFO") for the last 3 years, only to be ignored by them.
Unfortunately, I expected the same from their Supply Management cousins at OBHECC. Perhaps the "Cold War" is thawing, and the Supply Management Boards have decided, or been forced or "encouraged" by their government supervisors at Ontario Farm Products Marketing Board, to be more responsive, open, transparent, and accountable.
Time will tell.
The lesson to be learned is that there should always be hope. Oscar Wilde said:
"Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future"
We need to assume this applies to all people and all organizations; even the Chicken Mafia. The only question is the specific timing of their personal epiphany.
OBHECC's answers and my questions are available in full from a copy of the email correspondence here
In short, OBHECC collects information from secret sources, then OBHECC uses a secret formula to calculate a magical number that is then secretly sent to both CFO and AOCP every 8 weeks which defines the chick price, which in turn is used to determine the Ontario chicken price.
If the Manhatten Project had used this level of secrecy, we would never have had to worry about nuclear proliferation. They didn't, so now we have Jihadists threatening us with either dirty suitcase bombs or knives.
Perhaps that's why OBHECC is being so careful with their chick secrets.