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You may be interested in processing your backyard poultry. These resources will help you process safely and in compliance with applicable regulations and laws.

NC State Extension resources

Videos from NC State Extension

Processing (from the Pastured Poultry series) (41:54)

This processing webinar, part of the Pastured Poultry Webinar Series from NC Choices, featuring ASA Margaret Ross, is a useful introduction to small-scale poultry processing.

How to Freeze Chicken (1:06)

Homegrown | Buying Chicken in Bulk? Learn How to Safely Freeze Your Poultry (2:29)

Homegrown | How Chicken Gets to Market (2:18)

Cutting Up & Frying a Whole Chicken (3:00)

Other NC State Extension content

NC Choices

NC Choices, “an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in collaboration with N.C. Cooperative Extension” has a number of pages with processing resources.

NC State Extension Factsheets

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Explaining the North Carolina Egg Law for Producers With Small Flocks

This publication is targeted toward small producers who may be contemplating entering into egg sales at some level.

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How to Sell Shell Eggs Into Grocery Stores Through Direct Store Delivery

This publication provides basic information for small or medium-scale North Carolina egg producers to start marketing their products to retail stores.

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Designing a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan for Shell Eggs

With the addition of new regulatory requirements and continually emerging pathogens, developing and designing a HACCP plan has become more and more complex. This publication compiles published research data to …

Other resources

Franny’s Farm

Turkey Processing with Franny & Meagan (31:01)

This turkey processing video was produced by Fanny’s Farm in collaboration with Meagan Roberts of Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, NC.


Poultry processing in North Carolina is regulated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS).

Resources from the Meat & Poultry Inspection Division may be helpful.

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture

Small-Scale Poultry Processing

This illustrated article covers all stages of processing.

This resource can be viewed online, downloaded for free, or ordered in print for $3.00.

[from ATTRA] ATTRA is a program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The program is funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Visit the NCAT website for more information on our other sustainable agriculture and energy projects.

If you have questions about processing your poultry, contact an Area Specialized Agent for poultry or your county’s livestock agent.