Live chickens sold out at the Cheung Sha Wan temporary wholesale poultry market yesterday despite vendors staging a 'successful' boycott to protest against the mainland import limitations. Tsui Ming-tuen, chairman of the Hong Kong Live Poultry Wholesalers' Association, said that 29,540 chickens were sold before 9am. Stocks at the market are usually cleared by around 5am. Mr Tsui said wholesale prices were slightly affected by the boycott, starting at around $14 per catty (0.67kg), but they soon went up to around $19. The boycott was peaceful, with police from anti-triad and tactical units monitoring the situation. It was supported by transport workers and retailers after the import quota of 30,000 live chickens from Guangzhou was reduced from 20,000 last month. The boycott organiser Steven Wong Wai-chuen, chairman of the Hong Kong Poultry Wholesalers' and Retailers' Association, said the action had been a success, with more than 400 out of 530 retailers involved. 'This is a voluntary action ... we had expected some retailers needing to get chickens for restaurants and eateries.' Mr Wong also said the poultry industry hoped the government would increase live chicken imports from the mainland to 30,000 or even 40,000 birds a day by the end of the month. 'The government has suspended the import of day-old chicks, so there may be no supply of chickens from local farms in May,' he said. 'If there are only 20,000 birds for over 530 retail stalls, each of us can only get around 30 birds and this is not enough for a business.' After meeting Food and Environmental Hygiene director Gregory Leung Wing-lup yesterday evening, Mr Wong said a Taiwanese bird flu expert would be invited to Hong Kong to ascertain whether there was any way to improve hygiene at wet markets. The officials also agreed to discuss increasing import quotas with their superiors, Mr Wong said.