Poultry Processing

Welcome to Duncan's Poultry Processing!

This year is our 33rd year custom exempt processing. And...we have exciting news! This year you will be able to choose between Custom Exempt Processing and Iowa Official Processing for your poultry. Not sure which one to choose? The following information outlines BOTH options and the prices associated with each one. If you still aren't sure, let us help you! Call us at 712-644-2322 with any questions you may have. 

 

Custom Exempt Processing

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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 (See Below). 

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.

- 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.

Iowa Official Processing

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Our Iowa Official Processing Plant is state inspected and licensed. This facility will operate year round. Poultry processed in this facility may be sold person-to-person, at Farmer's Markets, to restaurants and to grocery stores within the state of Iowa.

Coming Soon...Poultry that is processed in our Iowa Official facility will be inspected under the Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) Program through the State of Iowa. Not only will you be able to legally sell your poultry at farmers markets, to retail stores and restaurants in Iowa, you will be able to sell in surrounding states as well.  

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 Iowa Official Processing will be Monday through Wednesday 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.

Feet can be saved if they are clean enough - meaning no ammonia blisters or burns on the bottoms of the feet. This mean you will need to keep your poultry barns extremely clean with fresh bedding added regularly.

When You Arrive at the Plant

Once you arrive at the plant your birds will be inspected for overall health and cleanliness by our state inspector.  Upon approval, we will then begin the slaughter process.

At this point someone will take your instructions on what we are to do with your birds (whole, cut-up, cut in half, fresh frozen etc.).

We do not require you to put your birds into any type of a cage at our state inspected facility, you will however need to hand each bird to our slaughter professional, this will help cut down on bruising and broken wings immensely, and is also, less stressful on the bird, making for better tasting meat. 

After we are finished with the slaughter, you are welcome to wait around or come back later to pickup your poultry. Frozen birds will need to be picked up the next morning.  

Third Party Label Information

We will offer third party labeling for a fee. (See prices below). We understand that each producer has specific needs. If you are interested in third party labeling, let's talk about it when you schedule your appointment.

The Inspection Process

All birds are subject to an antemortem and postmortem inspection. Dead birds upon arrival inspection will be discarded. Each bird is inspected for wholesomeness by the State of Iowa. Duncan's Poultry is not responsible for condemned birds. Birds may be condemned for airsacculitis, septicemia, or other conditions that are not determined or detected until evisceration.

Bruised or broken parts will be trimmed or removed per the inspector’s request. This bruising will sometimes happen during or prior to travel and will result in a bird with missing parts.

 

A Couple of Other Things:

- Bring something to put the processed birds into. Coolers, plastic totes and brand new garbage cans work well.

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

 

2020 Iowa Official Prices 

Please Note: The only breeds of chickens we currently process in the Iowa Official Plant are broilers (red or white) and Red or Freedom Rangers.

We do have a Minimum of 50 birds required for the Iowa Official Plant. If you have less than 50 birds we will process however many you have, but you will be charged for 50.

Broiler Processing Prices Per Chicken:

Whole, Bagged without Giblets up to 5 lbs.

$3.25 each

Whole, Bagged without Giblets 5-6½

$4.00 each

Whole, Bagged without Giblets 6½ and up

$4.85 each

Cut-up and Bagged

$1.45 extra per bird

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

Packaging wings, thighs, legs, etc. in separate bags

$.50 extra per bird

Whole, Bagged with Giblets

$.25 extra per bird

Feet

$.35 extra per bird

Sharp Freezing

$.30 extra per bird

Printing Individual Weights on Each Label

$.25 extra per bird

Third Party Labeling

Call for price.

Processing Prices for Other Poultry:

Ducks: Whole and Bagged

Call for price.

Geese: Whole and Bagged

Call for price.

Turkeys: Bagged up to 18 lbs.

$8.50 each

Turkeys over 18 lbs.

$8.50 + $.50 per dressed lb.

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