Custom Exempt Processing

Custom Exempt Processing


Our Custom Exempt Processing Plant is state inspected and licensed. This facility is seasonal operating from the end of April to November. Poultry processed in this facility is for home consumption only. If you would like to sell your poultry at Farmer's Markets, to restaurants and grocery stores, you will want to schedule an appointment at our Iowa Official Processing Plant. 

How it Works

You will need to call us at 712-644-2322 to make an appointment for your birds. Please give us as much notice as you can to ensure you will be able to get a date and a time that works for you. Appointments for custom exempt processing will be Thursday through Saturday with appointment times between 7 AM and Noon.  Please be on time or early, if you miss your appointment time you will be skipped over and become the last batch for the day.

Before Your Appointment

Please withdraw all feed from your birds 12 hours prior to your appointment time. Do continue giving them water. Please only bring us clean healthy poultry. Poultry that is filthy or unhealthy will be turned away.

When You Arrive at the Plant

When you arrive someone will meet you to help you through the process. We process your poultry while you wait. We welcome you to explore our Country Store and Poultry Museum while you wait. 

A Couple of Other Things:

- Bring something to put the processed birds into. Coolers, plastic totes and brand new garbage cans work well. (We do sell a few things at our store for you -- just in case you forget.)

- For your convenience we do have ice available at our store. 

2020 Custom Exempt Prices

Broiler Processing Prices Per Chicken:

Whole and Unbagged up to 5 lbs.

$1.75 each

Whole and Bagged up to 5 lbs.

$2.50 each

Cut-up and Unbagged

$3.75 each

Cut-up and Bagged

$3.95 each

* Please Note: We do not cut-up any chickens over 5 lbs.

Large Broilers (over 5 lbs.) Bagged

$.43 per dressed lb.

Large Broilers (over 5 lbs.) Unbagged

$.33 per dressed lb.

Processing Prices for Chickens that are NOT Broilers:

This includes: all laying hens, non-laying hens, old mean roosters, nice young roosters, bantams and guineas

$3.50 each Bagged

$3.00 each Unbagged

Processing Prices for Other Poultry:

Ducks: Whole and Bagged

$7.00 each

Geese: Whole and Bagged

$12.00 each

Turkeys: Bagged up to 16 lbs.

$7.00 each

Turkeys over 16 lbs.

$.38 per dressed lb.

***Please note there is a $10 Iowa Regulatory Compliance Fee on every processing batch, no matter the quantity being processed. 

Large Broiler Example: If you bring in 50 broilers for processing, we will weigh them collectively after they are processed. So, let's say that your 50 broilers weigh a total of 332 lbs and you choose to get them bagged. You will be charged 332 x $.43 cents per lb. Your total will be: $142.76.