The United States Department of Agriculture offers guidance on proper poultry processing. In a nutshell, the process should adhere to the following:
- Administering anesthesia so the chickens become “insensible to pain.”
- Severing the head from the body at the point of the neck's major blood vessels.
- Feather removal, typically by loosening the feathers by immersing them in hot water, then plucking them manually or by machine.
- Post-mortem inspection for disease.
We offer professional tools to make this process easier. Because Stromberg’s sells to individuals, small farms, and processing plants, a backyard farmer can obtain the same high-quality poultry processing tools as a corporate farm. Our materials and tools include:
- processing cones, also called killing cones,
- plucker fingers,
- skinning knives,
- cutting gloves,
- cleaning tables,
- sticking knives,
- pinning knives,
- lung removers,
- boning knives,
- chicken meat packaging materials.
We also offer a wide array of poultry crates and live bird transportation boxes if you want to haul your live birds to professional poultry processors.