Where to get chickens processed in MO

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by MOChickenz, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. MOChickenz

    MOChickenz Chirping

    Jun 10, 2010
    I want to raise meat birds, but I am a complete wuss and there is no way I can process them myself. Anybody know someone I can pay to do it in MO? Called my local butcher and that is not something they do.

    Ty in advance.
  2. daleeper

    daleeper In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2008
    Missouri is a big state, what region? If you have an amish community nearby, ask around, there will most likely be someone who will process them. I believe there are a few in the Jamesport area.
  3. cassie

    cassie Crowing

    Mar 19, 2009
    Just a comment. Even a confirmed wuss can learn to process chickens. Look at me. If I can do it anybody can. The first chicken I butchered was a Cornish X that went down on his legs and wasn't going to make it to butchering day. My brother and husband were out of town and weren't due back for several days so it was just me. I printed out the butchering instuctions found on the meat bird page, put on a BIG kettle of water to heat, and went out to the tool shed for a very large pruning shears. Regular limb loppers. I got the poor chicken, hung him up, lopped off his head, bled him, scalded him and plucked him and cleaned him. I just looked at my printout page by page and did what it said one step at a time. Now I do all the butchering. Me. The wuss. The key is not to think about it. Just do it. The first one is the hardest and it does get easier. And faster. Since I usually work by myself I don't process them all at once. Usually two or four per day.

    If I had an Amish community nearby, I would have asked them. But I don't. I have a friend who lives near some Cambodians and they do all his chickens for a pittance. But in my case, there is just me.
  4. malignstar

    malignstar In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2010
    Winfield, MO
    I used to be a hardcore vegetarian and butchered my first 16 roos not too long ago. I don't think many of us on here grew up on a farm where killing dinner was the norm. We all had to learn.. and it was uncomfortable and none of us enjoy it. Cassie's right though- don't think about it, just do it. When I thought about it, I started to worry and I botched up one of the butcherings. After that, the rest of them I just cut the heads off without thinking and it was perfect. I'm in MO too so if you're close by, maybe I can help you. I'm by no means a master butcher. I butchered the roos for my dogs so as far as the processing for human consumption goes, I haven't done that yet. But I'd be willing to do the killing and pass them off to someone else for that. LOL!
  5. davony's chicks

    davony's chicks Songster

    May 30, 2009
    You can find someone in Amish country around Clark. Clark is located off Hwy 63 just north of Centralia.
    I drove around there this past weekend and found 2 places to take mine when I am ready. I have been considering doing it myself but am freaked out a bit by it. I might just have to try it. I have watched a video twice on how it is done. Just have to get my nerve up or take them to Clark to the Amish. [​IMG][​IMG]
  6. schmism

    schmism Songster

    Feb 16, 2007
    Peoria IL
    Im within an hr of st louis on the IL side.

    Ill rent out my processing setup and for a bit extra, Ill help show you the ropes.

    -stainless processing table
    -pink and clear water tubs
    - scalder
    - killing cones
    - tub plucker

    I also have shrink bags and tags for .50 each (my cost)
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010
  7. MOChickenz

    MOChickenz Chirping

    Jun 10, 2010
    Wow. Maybe I could do it. I mean, I am a nurse, so the blood and guts probably wouldn't bother me. Ok, will send pm about your rentable set up. I think I will try it!

    Thanks, all.

    Will let you know how it went.

    I am 30 mins south of st Louis.
  8. davony's chicks

    davony's chicks Songster

    May 30, 2009
    Sounds like a very nice set up! I hope you all can work out a deal. I might just think about setting up like that and renting it out around here. [​IMG]
  9. Sundown_Farmer

    Sundown_Farmer Chirping

    Apr 2, 2010
    Non-Chicago, Illinois
    I'll do it. PM me. Are you near Bloomsdale?
  10. Missy3b

    Missy3b Songster

    Jun 29, 2009
    Central Missouri
    Herbert Backes Poultry in Loose Creek, Mo

    (573) 897-2353

    They charge $1.50 per bird.

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