Selling meat birds, what legal requirements?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by erin175, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. erin175

    erin175 In the Brooder

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    After much success & joy with a small layer flock, I'm thinking about trying my hand at meat birds. I'm starting small (50 chicks) and have housing, feed, watering, etc figured out. I've found a USDA inspected butcher, so I can sell the meat... what am I forgetting or over-looking?? I figure if, worst case scenario, I can't sell any of this meat, I'll be able to feed my family for maaaany years. Haha!
     

  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

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    I would recommend doing several batches for your freezer before trying to sell to others. This will allow you to determine your hard costs and you'll figure out the amount of time you will be putting into it. After that, first try selling to friends, family, and/or neighbors as a test run.
     
  3. erin175

    erin175 In the Brooder

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    Right. I figure with 50, I can eat some, sell some to friends, maybe hit a few farmers markets this fall. Are there any more legal.... things?? that need addressed when selling a finished product like that on a person to person basis? I won't be forming an LLC or anything...yet[​IMG]
     
  4. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

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    You'll need to check your state regulations. They vary from state to state, and then each market has different rules.
     

  5. erin175

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    I guess my doubt is raised by someone telling me "oh, no you can't just butcher & sell them! You have to pay a US inspector $24/hr blahblahblah" but if I'm using a USDA facility... I've found you're really better off not sharing your ideas with people because they just fill your head with doubts. LOL!
     
  6. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Yeah, it depends on your state. We sold in California until a few months ago when we moved. We weren't required to do anything other than label our chickens with safe handling instructions, our county of operation, and the USDA exemption number we operated under. We weren't inspected by anyone and just had to process under "sanitary" conditions though there weren't any regulations that defined what that meant. Check out your state regulations.
     
  7. daneblackburn

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    Anyone no the regulations for indiana?
     

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