Are there professionals that will process small lots of birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Denninmi, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Just wondering. Are there slaughterhouses/butchers that would clean and process small lots of meat birds (say, 25 or 50) raised by a homeowner for personal consumption?

    And, if so, do they charge a reasonable fee, or is it cost prohibitive?

    How would you go about finding them?
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2010
  2. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    You need to post where you are. There is not anyone here where I live. I tried to find someone and ended up doing it myself. I do know that in some areas there are places that will do it for you.

    Post where you are and someone will be able to tell you.

  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Ask at the feed store and ask the market manager at the grocery store. Ask people who live in the country and have chickens.
  4. 5acrehome

    5acrehome Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2010
    Find your local 4H or AG extension they should be able to help you in this matter. Most if not all of the people using those offices are dealing with livestock in one form or another.
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I've heard that many charge about $3 - 3.50 per bird for processing (in most areas) least you have quantity, which should help.
  6. 5acrehome

    5acrehome Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2010
    Another option is to find someone with a plucker and goto town for a vacuum sealer. I didn't have a problem butchering them after I tasted them in lemon pepper from the broiler just a side note.
  7. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    Quote:Ya, thats roughly what it is here. If you want to raise some birds to sell I would recommend having them done in a government inspected facility if possible.
  8. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    If you live close to where Amish live, they do it cheap. This time of year they should have signs up saying they process birds. Long around I know in our area they do it for 1.50 to 2.00$

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