Maine Processors?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ejcimd, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. ejcimd

    ejcimd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am looking for a place in Maine where I can take my excess roo's and have them processed for me. Does anyone on here have any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Irene
     
  2. Arctic5

    Arctic5 New Egg

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    Weston's Meat Cutting in West Gardiner. They do a GREAT job! They are a state inspected facility so you can resale. Birds are chilled and vacuum sealed. Whole birds to full parts.

    95 Collins Mill Rd
    724-2027
     
  3. ejcimd

    ejcimd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Artic 5,

    Thank you so very much!
     
  4. ScottyHOMEy

    ScottyHOMEy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Don't know where you are in Maine. There's also Jason's in Albion.

    $3 per whole bird packed with enough ice in your container for the trip home. That's as far as I've had them go on my birds, and they do an excellent job, will save or dispose of feet, necks, giblets as you wish. But they excellent work, and you'll leave with a handsome bird for the table.

    Additional cost for cutting up or for vacuum packaging. Near as I've figured out, they'll split a bird so that you can leave with it, just as you would with a whole bird. If you want any further cutting up, or packaging, they'll have you leave the birds overnight and take care of the fine work after the crowd leaves. The birds rest in chilled water between every stage, and any birds that have to be held over for cutting up, etc . . are kept in the big walk-in (almost DRIVE-in!) cooler for holding.

    They do birds on Mondays and require you make an appointment in advance so that they don't get overloaded on a given day. The appointment is for the date only. It's first-come-first-served on the day. Folks begin lining up as early as 5am for when the door opens at 7. The amosphere in the yard is best described as something between an auction and the livestock sheds at the county fair. People comparing chicken notes while they wait. Others helping those whose chicken transports are less than optimal. (One young couple who brought in 37 RIRs in a four-horse trailer comes to mind -- two of us helping DH carry the chickens from the trailer to the cones while DW chased the birds around inside the trailer, a fifth person manning the side door to the trailer -- a bit of a Keystone Cop operation, that one, but we got 'er done). They handle batches from on to whatever you've told them you will bring.

    They are a Custom-Exempt shop for poultry, red meat, moose and deer. That basically means they do not have the state or USDA inspections that would allow you to sell the meat. If the birds are for your own use, however, they do run a clean shop, and I've been quite happy with their handling of my birds.

    Jason's Butcher Shop
    22 Unity Road, Albion, ME 04910-6153
    (207) 437-2490
     
  5. ejcimd

    ejcimd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow Scotty,

    That sounds like a pretty nifty operation. I'm going to have to check them out the next time I get ready to process.

    Thanks so much I will be adding this to my running list.
     
  6. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
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    Unfortunately Jason's does not process poultry any longer.. We are the only State Inspected Poultry facility in Maine
     

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