Where to find a chicken processor?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by itsy, May 15, 2011.

  1. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think I could process my own chickens yet... but I would consider it for the future.

    Is there a master listing somewhere of processors in each state? How do I go about finding someone?

    I'm in NJ.

    Thanks!
     
  2. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    I don't think there is a master list, as processors come and go, but that would be a neat idea. Many people here do their own however, and there is a wealth of resources for how to get over that initial leap as well [​IMG]

    Good luck!
     
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found mine on craigslist - I posted under the farm and garden as a wanted ad
     
  4. discoveregg

    discoveregg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Good Idea [​IMG]
     
  5. france

    france Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I asked at the local feed store. I trusted them to give me a reputable name since being in a related
    industry they are up on that kind of thing.
     
  6. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Why don't you save yourself the trouble, and consider it now instead of down the road? If you think you can do it in the future, what's going to change between now and then? I have seen this time and time again with people on here, saying they don't think they can do it, but when they finally commit themselves, they find it isn't so bad and are glad they have learnt a new skill that makes them more self sufficient. Just try one. If it's too much for you, then find a processor. I'm not trying to be pushy, just trying to give you the nudge you need to do this yourself. YOU CAN DO IT! If you have questions, there are plenty of us on here that will help you thru it.
     
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  8. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Why don't you save yourself the trouble, and consider it now instead of down the road? If you think you can do it in the future, what's going to change between now and then? I have seen this time and time again with people on here, saying they don't think they can do it, but when they finally commit themselves, they find it isn't so bad and are glad they have learnt a new skill that makes them more self sufficient. Just try one. If it's too much for you, then find a processor. I'm not trying to be pushy, just trying to give you the nudge you need to do this yourself. YOU CAN DO IT! If you have questions, there are plenty of us on here that will help you thru it.

    I will second this comment. You may be surprised how easy it is once you've done it. If you've ever clean a fish it's not a lot different.

    I will add one suggestion. Try skinning the first one, instead of plucking to save yourself some time. If you are able to do it this way then go ahead and pluck them.
     
  9. heather112588

    heather112588 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in MD and had a very hard time finding someone, even after posting on craigslist....many old skills and trades are just vanishing.

    I found one, thats right, one person an hour away from me who could do it. Another thing to check, most processors do it in bulk and have to have a certain number of birds done for it to even be profitable for them. The lady i contacted felt bad for me and agreed to do my 3 roosters even though her minuinim was 25. She was great though and taught me how to do it right there.
     
  10. TinaSwarr

    TinaSwarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x3....i have even made some money showing others ...great skill to learn.
     

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