The Pros and Cons of On Farm Poultry Processing with Farmer John McAuley of Healthy Hen Farms (GFL50x)

Today we’ll be going to Oxford, NC to talk to John McAuley of Healthy Hen Farms and Chicken People.

John’s someone who I have interviewed in the past and I wanted to have him back on to talk about one specific subject… on farm poultry processing.

John and his wife Betsie process all of their birds on farm, doing over 500 per batch, and it’s, dare I say, an enjoyable experience.

They have found a way to systematize the processing to turn it from a grueling day that everyone hates, into one that is long, but one that gets better results than they could ever get by taking their birds to an off farm processor, and for about the same price.

John’s going to talk about all of his experiences, both the good and the bad, to help you decide if this might be right for you.

There are some people who want no part of on farm processing and there are others who embrace it for what it is, and then there is a large group in the middle who are undecided or starting out their poultry career and are trying to determine a processing path to go down.

It’s not an easy decision, because there are a lot of pro’s and con’s either way.

Today we will be looking at what’s involved with on farm processing from what’s a typical day like to what equipment is needed to what are some of the advantages of processing on farm.

Overall, it’s an in-depth look at on farm poultry processing from someone who does it, and does it really well.

I think it’s safe to say that by the end of this episode you will either be saying nope, not for me, or I really see the benefit in this, where can I learn more… and that’s the goal.

John’s online Pastured Poultry Course Information

Connect with John McAuley of Healthy Hen Farms:

Healthy Hen Farms

Pastured Poultry Production School

John and his family

John’s chicken tractors in the field

My Previous Interview with John:


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