North Alabama Agriplex hosting a backyard poultry processing workshop this Saturday

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CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Extension office is hosting a Backyard Poultry Processing Workshop on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the North Alabama Agriplex. The event will involve classroom instruction on backyard poultry processing and procedures used to turn a live chicken into a whole carcass ready for the freezer or dinner table.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own birds to process. They will be walked through all processing steps including slaughter, scalding, defeathering, evisceration and chilling. The Extension office may have a couple of chickens available, however Extension Coordinator Kira Sims says that in order to be sure to participate in the hands-on learning process, participants should try to bring their own.

The workshop is open to anyone looking to learn to process chickens, but predominantly people who already own their own small flocks of birds. Sims said, “It’s for anybody with small flocks and that’s why the workshop is called Backyard Poultry Processing, so whether you just have a few birds or want to get a few birds and process those for your own household consumption, or it could be folks that are interested in pastor poultry from a small scale farming standpoint and want to learn how to process in order to figure out the rules to sell that bird.”

Lunch will be provided by Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers & Valleys (AMRV) and Resource Conservation and Development (RCD) Council. Registration is $10 and can be completed online at Backyard Poultry Processing Workshop – Alabama Cooperative Extension System ( For further questions, contact the Extension office at 256-737-9386.

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