sending your birds out to be processed

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Hopefulloflove, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chirping

    Jul 18, 2011
    Benson, NC
    Do any of you send your birds out to be processed instead of doing the deed yourself? We are getting ready to start meat birds, but it's not something I can stand to do myself...anyone?

    If so, How do I go about finding a reputable place to process mine.?


  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I planned on sending to a processor. Processors that do poultry are few and far between. The closest I could find was about 60 miles from me. The drive and the cost per bird convinced me that my only option was to do it myself right here. I helped my dad do it when I was young and I've cleaned all sorts of game and fish. It's no different.
  3. Darin115

    Darin115 Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    Asheboro, NC
    I have mine processed in Siler City, NC at Chaudhry Halal Meats. I have done it myself but prefer to take it to them and be done with it. I pick them up three days later and they are in vacuumed sealed bags with labels. You can have them flash frozen or not. I think you can pick them up early if you want them fresh, not frozen.

    They slaughter and clean them the first day. Let them rest over night before final processing and bagging. I leave mine whole. I get a seperate bag with all the livers in it.

    Siler City is only a hour and a half from Benson.
    Maybe you have a processor closer to you.

    Last edited: Jan 25, 2012
  4. poularde

    poularde Hatching mode

    Feb 7, 2010
    Puyallup, Wa.
    I brought my first batch of birds to be processed. Never again! It was very stressful for them. I prefer to do it myself. I believe it is easier on the birds to be processed at home.

  5. I have sent mine to an Amish family to be processed before. They are about 45 min from my house which is a little far but worth it to me. They only charge $2.25 per bird and I don't have to process them myself. I don't have the tools or time to do it myself.
  6. Poupoulles

    Poupoulles Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Mayberry (really!)
    We sell at a farmers market whos rules require us to use a processor. You need to plan for minimizing stress in transit. I would say that if its longer than three hours (and thats stretching it) I am not sure it would be worth it. Think about things like going early in the morning so as to avoid the heat. Think about what you will carry them in, etc...
  7. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chirping

    Jul 18, 2011
    Benson, NC
    Thank you...I don't think I'd be willing to do it if it were more than a couple of hours..I do know there are two places within a reasonable distance of me, so what should I be looking for in a facility..what questions should i ask? Thanks for all the help!

  8. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Songster

    Jul 25, 2011
    Franklinton, NC
    There is a place in Clayton/Wilson Mills area that is closer to you. I think its $3/bird. Look up A1 Meat Processing.
  9. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chirping

    Jul 18, 2011
    Benson, NC
    Thank you!! I will check them out!!

  10. Garden Gypsy

    Garden Gypsy Hatching

    Sep 12, 2011
    Make sure before you take them somewhere that you will be getting your birds back. Some disreputable meat processing places will just give you what they have there already. We have known of this to happen in our area.

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