Small Flock Owners
Centrally located, Island Farmhouse Poultry provides fully-inspected, custom processing services to Island growers on a fee-for-service basis.
We know Island farmers take great pride in the premium products they are providing so we make sure that each flock that is processed is properly identified. Growers are guaranteed that they are getting their own birds back upon pick-up. Custom services include all waste charges and bagging fees. Cut up services or additional processing are not included.
Island Farmhouse Poultry is undergoing a large expansion beginning in April 2018, targeting completion by the end of 2018. During the period of construction availability for custom processing days is limited; we caution all growers that we may not be able to process your birds. Please confirm processing time is available prior to ordering your chicks or make arrangements with another processor.
Custom processing prices are established as a base price with volume discounts as listed below:
0-25 birds $5.00a
101 and up $4.50ea
Roosters/Old Laying Hens – $5.25ea
$4.00 surcharge for birds over 11kg-14kg. We do not accept birds over 14kgs.
1-25 birds $20.00ea
51 and up $10.50ea
Other Poultry: prices upon request
We do not process turkeys over 14kg or 30lbs dressed weight or 17kg or 38lbs live weight.
Flock price breaks are for flocks processed all on the same day, not for the number of birds a grower may bring to us over a number of days. Price breaks reflect our cost savings in processing paperwork and management of processed flocks for larger work units on a given day.
Custom Work Terms
All poultry must be delivered to Island Farmhouse Poultry before 7:30 AM the morning of your custom processing day or 6:30 AM during our summer processing hours. The office staff will also call with drop off time. Pick up is the same day for chickens, please pick up before 4pm. Please crate your poultry at night to keep them calm. Withdraw feed by 8 PM the night before processing. We recommend viewing the BC SPCA codes of good practice for poultry handling and shipping: www.spca.bc.ca/farm.
All poultry must be delivered in safe and humane poultry transfer crates. For chickens, we recommend a size of 2 ft x 3 ft x 10 inches high. Please make sure your lot of birds is properly identified by fully filling out the tags provided at our receiving area. Please do not put straw or sawdust in the transport crates as this clogs up the outside drains.
Due to bio-security issues, and the cost of replacing missing transfer crates, we are no longer able to supply transfer crates for rent.
Trailers used to deliver poultry transfer crates may be left on site for the day if prior arrangements have been made.
Due to limited cooler space, custom processed birds must be picked up between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM on the day of processing or, alternately, the next morning between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM. Any processed poultry left beyond these pick up times is subject to a storage fee of $2.00 per box, per day.
All processed poultry must be picked up in a clean vehicle with protection from the sun. Poultry leaving the Island Farmhouse facility will be properly chilled and, as a result, refrigerated vehicles are not generally required to pick up product unless delivery is expected to take longer than 2 hours. We advise you to confirm this with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
All custom work is payable at the time of pick up. We accept cash, debit, VISA or MasterCard. Please note that as of January 1, 2017 we will no longer be accepting cheques from custom growers for payment.
To request custom processing, please contact us by phone, fax or email. Our booking representative will provide you with available dates and can answer any additional questions you may have.
Printable form for custom processing booking by fax.
Regular Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM