The information provided in this website is our interpretation of current state a county laws. If there is a conflict between what is written and what is contained in law, the applicable law prevails.
If you have any questions about the information presented here or general questions about raising poultry in Mason County, please contact:
Mason Conservation District
450 W Business Park Rd
Shelton, Wa 98584
(360) 427-9436 x112
Growing consumer demand for locally grown, humanely-raised, organic and/or pastured meat creates new opportunities for small-scale poultry producers. Careful planning and a good understanding of the regulations surrounding the processing, handling, and marketing of poultry meat is essential. With the proper license or permit, a producer can sell his or her poultry meat to retail outlets such as restaurants, grocery stores, and farmers markets, or straight from the farm.
POULTRY PROCESSING EQUIPMENT LENDING PROGRAM
The Mason County Small Farms Program operates a Poultry Processing Equipment Lending Program (PPELP). For $25 per day, you can borrow a scalder, plucker, and kill cones to process your own birds. Whether you are processing birds for your own consumption or for commercial sale, this equipment is available to producers in Mason and surrounding counties.
Here is a list of other processing equipment lending programs:
Whatcom Pastured Poultry Group | Bellingham, WA
Benton County & Surrounding Counties
CG Ranch | Benton City, WA
Pierce County & Surrounding Counties
Pierce Conservation District | Puyallup, WA
(253) 845-9770 x104 or x 112
POULTRY PROCESSING REGULATIONS IN WASHINGTON STATE
Poultry processing in the United States is regulated by the Federal Poultry Products Inspection Act. This includes chicken, geese, duck, turkey and other domesticated birds raised for meat.
In Washington State, there are currently two ways that small-scale poultry producers may be exempted from this Act. One is the WSDA Special Poultry Permit and the other is by getting a WSDA Food Processors License.
Please click HERE to link to the FACT SHEET: Washington State Poultry Processing Regulations. This publication will help you select and obtaining the proper licenses and permits to slaughter and sell your own poultry.
POULTRY PROCESSING VIDEO
The following video was made during a Hands On Poultry Processing Workshop in the Summer of 2009. These workshops were funded by a grant from Heifer International. They were part of a larger project called, ‘Realizing the Potential for Pastured Poultry in Local Food Systems’. The group that managed this grant project consisted of individuals from Mason Conservation District, WSDA Small Farms & Direct Marketing Program, and The Evergreen State College Organic Farm. The video was produced by Doug Collins, WSU Puyallup. The purpose of these workshops were to encourage local producers to acquire the skills necessary to process their own poultry and procure the proper licenses to sell those poultry commercially.
PLEASE NOTE: This footage contains scenes of the humane slaughter of chickens. All precautions were taken to ensure the safety and humane treatment of both the animals and the humans participating in this process.
Click HERE to see the Video.
Here is a link to several videos on the Featherman Equipment Website: http://www.featherman.net/videodemos.html
Eggs are a popular item to direct market and are a relatively easy enterprise to begin. Flocks under 3,000 hens are USDA grade exempt and fall under state law. Washington egg sales are specified in the “Washington wholesome eggs and egg products act,” RCW 69.25. An “egg” refers to the shell egg of chickens, turkeys, ducks,geese, guinea fowl and any other species of poultry.
For information about regulations for selling eggs in Washington State, clickHERE to link to the WSDA Small Farm & Direct Marketing Handbook chapter on selling eggs.
American Pastured Poultry Producers Association:
Featherman Video Demos:
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service:
Niche Meat Processors Assistance Network:
WSDA Food Safety Program:
WSDA Organic Food Program:
WSDA Small Farms and Direct Marketing Program: http://agr.wa.gov/Marketing/SmallFarm/
Washington State University Small Farms:
Washington State University Organic Farming Systems & Nutrient Management, Pastured Poultry:
WSDA Small Farm & Direct Marketing Handbook: