Photo of our two person processing setup

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bremsster, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. bremsster

    bremsster New Egg

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    This the set up we have refined over the years since there is only two of us to get the work done. I use the inverted cone system for bleeding out the birds, two scalding pots fueled by propane and a Pickwick Plucker. If everything is going well I can turn out a plucked chicken every 3 minutes-(water temp can be a problem if its windy) My wife handles the gutting/chopping process, we both join in for the final check, wash and bagging. We keep it at 75 birds a day, start early and have the area cleaned up before the customers starting showing up at 4:00pm. We do between 150-300 birds a summer.

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  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Brem......nice set up! So you sell the processed ones? Where are you located? Thats a LOT of chickens per season. I have GOT to get me one of those pluckers!!
     
  3. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    Looks very efficient and organized...wish you were in NC. I would raise some meat birds if I had a processor close by.
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    That's a great set up. That must have run a fortune for start up. Do you sell them to the community?
     
  5. bremsster

    bremsster New Egg

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    We're in Western Wisconsin, state allows us to do 1000 or less birds per year without inspection-this varies by state however. Our sales are to the foks around this area, runs about $2.00 lb dressed out. Most of the birds are sold to repeat customers.
     
  6. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Where in Western Wisconsin are you? I grew up in Stoddard, just south of La Crosse...
     
  7. urbanagrarian

    urbanagrarian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice set-up.

    What are the cones made from? Did you make them or buy them?
     
  8. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love to send this to someone who has limited access to a computer in Oregon. He just started processing his own birds and I think he would love to see this set-up. It all looks so organized and clean. Thanks for posting that bremsster!

    Can one of you computer geniuses help me out on how I can send this whole thing to him???? I fear I will never get caught up on my computer skills.[​IMG]
     
  9. thebifman

    thebifman Out Of The Brooder

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    Great set up...you guys got it together!! I wish I was closer, I would be a customer for sure!

    Brian
     
  10. Omeletta

    Omeletta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's awesome! Thanks for the detailed pics. That looks very effecient, and clean. I love the cooling barrels, awesome idea. Can I ask what the baskets on the table to the left are for?

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