KCD Poultry Processing Equipment

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, a phone orientation is required before using the poultry processing equipment. Call Kevin Watson at 425-282-1952, Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm 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.

The Van Erem Family
A case study: The Van Erem Family

Our equipment rental package includes:

  • Featherman Gamebird Plucker
  • Scalder
  • 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
  • Buckets
  • Propane tank to heat scalding water
  • Hose and water source
  • Knives
  • Chill tanks
  • Meat storage bags
  • Scrubbing brushes for clean-up

See the Featherman YouTube channel for excellent videos of the poultry processing equipment in operation.

Equipment Pickup

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
425-282-1900

Please click here to fill out the request form.

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
http://agr.wa.gov/foodanimal/tempchickenslaughter/

Handbook for Special Poultry Permit to Slaughter, Prepare and Sell Whole Raw Poultry
http://agr.wa.gov/foodanimal/tempchickenslaughter/handbook.aspx

Selling and Processing Poultry
http://agr.wa.gov/marketing/smallfarm/greenbook/docs/35.pdf

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