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Looking For A Butcher In Massachusetts

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Padfoot417, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Padfoot417

    Padfoot417 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all, I'm just wondering if anyone in Massachusetts has had any experience here....
    I'm looking for a butcher near me (Gardner MA) who could take just 2 roosters. I have 2 roosters that need to go, one is about 10 months old and weighs about 8-10 pounds. The other is a year and a half old and weighs about 9-12 pounds. Because I'm not looking to have a bulk amount butchered, I'd like to find somewhere that wouldn't charge me the price of a new car to do 2 birds... This is my first time sending my birds to slaughter, so if possible I'd just like to know it's done as humanely as possible...
    The long and short of it is that I have too many roosters. I'm going away in October and my Bird Sitter is afraid of one of them, and I'd planned to butcher the other anyway. I've been trying to find a place to send him since he was 8 months old, I've been told that once they're over a year the meat is tough and it's not worth it. I've had to kill one of my birds before, but it wasn't how I would've liked and we didn't get the meat, I don't want these guys' lives to be for nothing. I've put a lot of hard work into them and I would like to see how fresh chicken from my own home is. I'm willing to drive maybe an hour away, but even that's a stretch. I would pay $50 per bird, I don't know if that's reasonable but I hope it is.
    If anyone has any advice or knows of any place, I'd be really grateful for some help!
    Thanks,
    ~Kate
     
  2. Padfoot417

    Padfoot417 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does anyone have anything or am I supposed to post this somewhere else...? [​IMG]
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I've only heard of one possible processor down in New Bedford. Other than that one I know of none in MA. I searched for a while too. Now I just haul my birds up to Maine to be done. We're up there every other week or so anyway, so it's not out of the way for me.
     
  4. vnsseed

    vnsseed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This list is from NOFA Mass. May help.
    PROCESSING FACILITIES
    Adams Farm
    775 Bearsden Rd.
    Athol, MA.
    978-249-9441
    EL Blood and Sons
    94 West Main St
    West Groton, MA 01472
    978-448-6669
    Valley View Farm
    Matt LeClerk
    179 Barre Rd
    Templeton, MA 01468
    978-833-1549
    Limited livestock and poultry processing call for more info
    DenBesten Farms
    Terry DenBesten
    8 North St
    Bridgewater, MA
    508-922-1917
    Maurice's Slaughter House
    155 Gooseneck Hill Rd
    Canterbury, CT
    860- 546-9588
    Ed Stearns Dressed Meats Inc
    137 Southbridge Rd,
    Charlton, MA
    508- 248-7866
     
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  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks Dave! I do know Blood Farm in Groton does NOT do poultry. I have called them to find out. The one in Bridgewater may be the one I thought was in New Bedford. Too far from here either way.
     
  6. bestponymilo

    bestponymilo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is an older thread, but popped up in a search...

    Just an FYI--Stearns in Charlton doesn't do poultry. I called late last year to find out :)
     
  7. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blood farm burnt down.
     
  8. bestponymilo

    bestponymilo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used Ketonen Clark Farm & Feeds, 199 Glenwood Rd, Rutland, MA 01543(508) 886-2952

    And there is also Impoco's Poultry Market in Springfield 413-734-6359.

    Blood Farm is being rebuilt, I think they're aiming to reopen this fall.
     
  9. kwhit

    kwhit Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I've been looking too for a butcher in Eastern Mass and here is what I found:

    www.denbestenfarm.com

    If I use this processor it will be for 6 laying hens that aren't laying enough to be worth keeping
    over the winter. I am only getting 1-3 eggs a day at this point. Lately sometimes 0 eggs.

    I just called and they can process my 6 Hens for $5.00 a bird. When I calculate this it will be $11.00.
    I can save myself $18.00 per month from now until March 2015 ($108.-$126.) on the feed it will take to keep them alive until Spring.
    Then I will buy new chicks in the Spring and start all over, and maybe I'll go with 10 chicks next time.

    Much to the objections of my kids (mostly cuz they are grossed out about eating our backyard birds)
    I am setting up the time to get them done as I've been told if they get much older than 2 they are too tough
    to eat.

    I just got them 3/2013 so hopefully we are good to go.
     
  10. kwhit

    kwhit Out Of The Brooder

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    I am such a duh, I meant it will cost $30 to do the six birds.
     

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