Is $3.00 a good price for processing?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Amyh, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. Amyh

    Amyh Songster

    Jul 11, 2010
    North Carolina
    I found a local slaughter house that will process for $3.00 a bird. $0.25 for vacuum sealed bags. Is that a good price? I really want to learn to do the dead myself, but I have two little ones and I can't spend a day or two processing birds. It's just impossible for me right now.

    What do y'all think? I'm just trying to figure out how this can work for me.

  2. Bluff Country Chicken

    Bluff Country Chicken In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2011
    SE MN
    The USDA-inspected processor near us charges $2.80 a bird up to 5 pounds. After that I believe it's $0.50 extra per additional pound. I've seen some folks post on BYC that they get it done for around $1.50. I would guess you don't have mant options. I suppose you could put an ad/request on here or craigslist for someone to butcher perhaps.
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    In my op yes.
  4. Havsom Morpork

    Havsom Morpork In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2011
    Negotiate!! Most butchers are willing to deal if it's in bulk. $2 is average around me, so $3 is a bit outrageous unless you are doing only one bird. If you are doing several, ask if they would be willing to go lower. You can also contact other farmers in the area, many will offer butchering services on the side at a much cheaper rate.
  5. Roccomanchickens

    Roccomanchickens Chirping

    Apr 15, 2011
    Carroll, IA
    I agree, good price. And my opinion, if you can't do it yourself the reason you are probably raising your own meat is for quality, ethical or health reasons. So, a slaughter house is better than some random person off Craigslist. Unless you could get references and check out how sanitary, humane, etc. the person is that will process for you.

  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I'd be happy if I had someone to do just a few birds for $3 a piece... I might expect a bit cheaper if you had like 25 birds or more though... [​IMG]
  7. buckabucka

    buckabucka Crowing

    Jan 13, 2010
    Fairfield, Maine
    My Coop
    We pay $3 here, and I think it's a bargain! Mainly because I really don't want to do this chore myself. We have only brought in small quantities of birds, so we never asked for bulk pricing.

    I think with any service it is often an individual decision whether or not it is a worthwhile cost. I know people who will pay someone $30 to come clean their house for an hour, and I would never do that.
  8. Dunkopf

    Dunkopf Songster

    Sep 24, 2010
    Kiowa, Colorado
    Try butchering a few birds and see what you think. I would pay 3.00 each for a nice job with all the feathers pulled and not having to put up with the smell.
  9. reereechickens

    reereechickens Songster

    Feb 12, 2011
    Reidsville, NC
    I think it's a great deal! I would be happy to pay that! Where in NC is this place? Who are they? Any minimum?

  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I pay $1.40 per bird. I usually have 25-30 being done. My butcher gets them done in two hours. I bring them home in my coolers and bag them. If you have any Amish families in your area, I would ask them if they would butcher them for you. [​IMG]

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