King Conservation District provides low-cost rental of equipment for small-scale producers to safely process poultry for home consumption, or to slaughter poultry for direct marketing with a WSDA permit. At this time no other poultry processing equipment is available for rent in King County. This KCD project helps producers fill the demand for locally-grown chicken, turkey, and other poultry.
KCD rental equipment is available for pick up and drop off at the KCD offices in Renton Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm.
Equipment Rental Procedures
KCD poultry processing equipment is available for a rental fee of $20/day, $40/weekend with a $40 refundable cleaning deposit.
For first-time renters, please watch the videos below and if you have further questions, reach out to Jay Mirro at 425-282-1905, Monday through Friday between 6:30am and 2:00pm for an orientation.
Poultry Processing Equipment
After extensive research, KCD selected Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment because of its high quality, reasonable cost, and the company’s commitment to customer service.
Our equipment rental package includes:
- Featherman Gamebird Plucker
- Dunker and Shackles
- Kill Cone Stand
- Killing Cones
- Large turkey (3)
- Small turkey (2)
- Broiler (7)
- Gamebird (4)
You will need to provide:
- Power source for the plucker and scalder
- Food-safe buckets
- Propane tank to heat scalding water
- Hose and water source
- Chill tanks or food-safe coolers
- Poultry storage bags (or freezer-safe zipper food storage bags)
- Soap and scrubbing brushes for clean-up
- Appropriate area to disperse water water
- Garbage or composting options for offal and feather waste
See the Featherman YouTube channel for excellent videos of the poultry processing equipment in operation.
KCD’s poultry processing equipment package is contained in a 4′ x 6′ trailer. Borrowers need a truck or vehicle with a 2″ ball, a flat 4-pin trailer wiring connector and sufficient power and braking to tow the trailer.
The trailer plus equipment weighs approximately 1,000 lbs. Consult your owner’s manual to ensure the trailer is within the towing capacity of your vehicle. Remember that passenger weight exceeding 150 lbs, optional equipment, and additional cargo should be considered. Never exceed your vehicle’s towing capacity because doing so can affect your vehicle’s handling, stopping ability, or possibly even damage the drivetrain.
KCD’s poultry processing equipment is stored at:
King Conservation District
800 SW 39th St, Suite 150
Renton, WA 98057
To reserve the equipment:
Check the calendar below for availability
And then fill out this form:
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WSDA Poultry Processing Information
No permits are required to process poultry for home consumption. The Washington State Department of Agriculture created a special permit to allow on-farm processing of up to 1,000 birds for direct marketing. See the links below for details on the permit and additional information for small-scale producers.
Special Poultry Permit to Slaughter, Prepare and Sell Whole Raw Poultry
Handbook for Special Poultry Permit to Slaughter, Prepare and Sell Whole Raw Poultry
Selling and Processing Poultry
*King Conservation District Service Area
The Poultry Processing Equipment is available for use by landowners in King Conservation District’s service area, which includes 34 cities and all of unincorporated King County. The incorporated cities of Enumclaw, Federal Way, Skykomish, Milton, and Pacific are outside the District’s boundaries, but landowners in those communities may rent the manure spreader on a case-by-case basis for an additional fee. Use the calendar and form below to reserve the spreader.