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Guy wants $21/each to process my meat turkeys. Is this reasonable?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by cupman, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    This guy I called slaughters turkeys. He wants $11 for birds over 20 pounds. $13 for birds over 30. $16 for birds over 40 and $21 for anything over 50. I suspect my birds are in the 40 pound range but it is possible they weigh 50. It just seems so expensive to me. I don't want to slaughter them myself so I will probably pay it.. but I thought I'd ask here first and see what you guys had to say about it.

  2. Scottingitup

    Scottingitup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    Crestview, FL
    I process my own birds, that sounds really high to me!
  3. wolfie115

    wolfie115 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 12, 2011
    Woah, sounds high to me as well. I only paid $5 to get mine done. :X Maybe you can find some amish in your area to do it? They are usually very reasonable.
  4. moomoodiddy

    moomoodiddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2012
    Union County, NC
    how much would you pay for it in a grocery store
  5. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Grocery store you can get turkeys for about $4 around Thanksgiving. But I like the idea of eating a turkey I raised myself. I think I will do a little more shopping around. I thought the price sounded unusually high.
  6. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    I agree with the above posts.
  7. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2010
    North Edwards
    Yeah that sounds high. Here there's a polleria/slaughterhouse that charges 10 bucks for turkeys, a little high but not that bad. With the distance issues it's quite worth it.
  8. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2012
    Tickfaw, Louisiana
    Sounds very high to me too! $5 or $10 sounds more like it, from what I have heard, but I do mine myself. The first time I killed anything was the hardest, and yes, I am a 4'10" old woman, but no match for my 80 pound turkeys! LOL[​IMG]
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  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Over 50 pounds, the birds might have to be hand plucked (not fit into the plucker). That's going to cost a lot more.

    I always figure that when the price is high, they don't really want to do them. If you insist, they will process them, but you are going to have to pay for the service.

    I do my own, but if you are not capable of processing a bird, then look around and see if you can find someone who is more eager to get your business.
  10. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2012
    Central Texas
    I would not pay that. Its to easy to do it yourself. Did 4 last month along with 9 roosters. Too easy man, too easy.

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