KCD is suspending the Equipment Share Program due to public safety concerns presented by the COVID-19 virus.

We will reach out to those who have requested to use the equipment about future scheduling once the equipment is available to use again.

Thank you for your patience.


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 KCD’s office 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 video on Featherman’s YouTube Channel. 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.

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
  • Food-safe buckets
  • Propane tank to connect to the scalder for heating the scalding water
  • Hose and water source
  • Knives
  • Chill tanks or food-safe coolers
  • Poultry storage bags (or freezer-safe zipper food storage bags)
  • Soap, scrubbing brushes and bleach for clean-up
  • Appropriate area to disperse waste 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.

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 is stored at our office in Renton, 800 SW 39th St, Suite 150, Renton, WA 98057.

The trailer plus equipment weighs approximately 1,000 pounds. Consult your owner’s manual to ensure the trailer is within the towing capacity of your vehicle. Remember that passenger weight exceeding 150 pounds, 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 drive-train.

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. 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 external 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.

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