Frequently Asked Questions

  • We would like to sell our meat after it has been processed.  What do we need to do?
    • Any meat product that will not be used by you, must be processed under inspection (E2).

 

  • What is the difference between Custom Processing and E2 Processing?
    • Custom processing is when you use your own product at home, after it has been proessed.  E2 means Equal to Inspection.  In E2 processing, a state inspector is presnt to observe each bird before and during slaughter.  If he/she sees an issue with the bird, it will be flagged.  If you are going to sell your product to anyone (farmer's market, friends, restaurant, meat market, etc...) it MUST be done under inspection by a state inspector.  Any product not sold under inspection cannot be resold.

 

  • When can I get my birds processed?  What if I need them done with E2 Processing?
    • We process on Monday, Wed, and Friday each week.  If you will be requiring E2 Processing, that is done on Monday and Wednesdays, so please let us know when you call to schedule your birds.  We ask that you call a minimum of 2 weeks prior to when they will be ready.  We will need the number of birds to be processed at the time of scheduling.

 

  • When will I bring my birds for processing?
    • We will have you bring your birds the night before they are processed.  For example, a processing for Monday, you would bring your birds Sunday night.  In the heat, it is best to transport birds during the coolest part of the day to decrease sterss on the birds during travel.  You will be given a time to drop off your birds when you call to make your appointment.  This will be sometime between 6 and 8 PM.  If that won't work, please let us know so we can figure out alternate arrangements.  Please note that even though we live at the processing site, sometimes we aren't available for drop off until 6 PM due to other committments we may have going on.  To prevent you from having to wait for someone, please come at the scheduled time unless you have made arrangements with us.

 

  • What is the best way to bring my birds for processing?
    • Livestock trailers work well for large numbers of birds.  For a small number of birds, truck beds with mesh/wire covering works well.  DO NOT transport birds in toppers or enclosed dog kennels when it is hot out! They need airflow and should not be in direct sun.  We have crates/cages that we will put birds in when they arrive at our facility. We have crages that can be borrowed to use for tansporting birds as well.  They are 2'x3' and 1' tall.  THey stack on top of each other and can be put in the back of a truck.  They will hold 8 birds, weighing 4-5 lbs.  We also have a small trailer that holds about 200 birds.  It is free of charge to use, but is on a first-come-first-serve basis.  If you bring your own cages, we will transfer your birds to our cages, and send your cages home with you.

 

  • A few of my birds died while we were transporting them.  Can they still be processed?
    • No. We will not process dead birds.

 

  • When can I pick up my birds?
    • When you drop off your birds, we'll talk about what our options are for processing (cutting, giblets, etc...).  All products must be frozen before they can be sent home with you.  You will be given a specific time to pick your birds up, when you drop them off so please be sure to keep your appointment.  Payment is due at the time of pick up. Please note that even though we live at the processing site, sometimes we aren't home due to other committments we may have going on.  To prevent you from having to wait for someone, please come at the time that was set up at drop off.  

 

  • Do I need to do anything special when I pick my birds up?
    • Please bring containers to put them in  (boxes, coolers, bags, etc...).

 

  • How big will my birds be and what is considered "normal?"
    • Chickens have been processed in a wide variety of sizes.  "Normal" is usually between 4-5 lbs after processing.  On average, a Cornish Cross broiler will be about 75% of its live weight.  However, the older and larger the bird gets, the tougher the meat will be.

 

  • I have had people tell me to feed grit.  Do my chickens need it and why?
    • Grit is small rocks, pebbles, and sand that chickens (as well as most other birds) eat.  It is stored in their gizzard which is the organ that grinds the feed chickens eat.  Chickens who are not fed grit will have small gizzards and won't grow as well as chickens who are fed grit.  Grit is availale at any store that carries feed and will give you will grown birds.  Also, dirt from a road or driveway works well.

 

  • Should I make sure my chickens have feed when I bring them?
    • Brids should not be fed for 12 hours before bringing them in for processing.  They can have water available.  If they are fed too close to processing, the feed is wasted in feces in the digestive tract, and makes the birds more difficult to clean.

 

  • I have other questions, who should I contact?
    • Ron and Barb would love to schedule your birds to be processed or answer any other questions ou might have!