Processing Costs?

Gus Powell

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I am raising meat birds for a school project and they are a few weeks out from needing to being processed. I don't know about about how processing works. Where can I take my chickens to be processed? I am only raising 4 chickens. Also, how much does it usually cost to have them processed? Thanks
 

Folly's place

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Welcome!
Processing costs vary a lot, depending on where you live and who's doing it. A backyard person who does a few extra birds every year may be very inexpensive, as in $2, while a business that's inspected might charge $5 or so.
You need to find who's available within reasonable driving distance, and how well they do things. Or, find someone experienced, and ask to help, and learn how yourself.
Mary
 

Mosey2003

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Better start looking now and call some, many of them close down for the winter.

We paid $2 each to one, but we had to drive an hour and the place was terrifying. That's not typical though.
 

UThobbyfarmer

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I've paid $10 a bird before. They were an hour away. In my area it's very difficult to find someone to do poultry.

If I could pay $2 each for someone else to do it I'd be raising a lot more meat birds!
 

jolenesdad

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Where are you located? For a small number of birds it’s pretty much 5.00 per birds around me. Cutting up the bird is additional.
 

FortCluck

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I just looked into processing in my area a few weeks ago and realized it's cheaper to just do it myself. It was $5 per bird... And it's hard to find someone who processes them.
 

Mosey2003

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I mean, I don't begrudge them the cost. Building and equipment and employees and inspection all cost money, and they're providing a service. I'd like to open a butcher shop myself.
 

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