Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What can be processed with the MPPU’s equipment?
- The MPPU is currently set up to process poultry between 5 to 40 pounds LIVE WEIGHT.

What CANNOT be processed with the MPPU’s equipment?
- The MPPU cannot handle small birds such as quail,  young, or bantam chickens.  It is also not equipped to handle waterfowl. 
- The MPPU cannot be used to process rabbits.

How many birds can the MPPU handle?
- That depends on poultry size and breed, and your available labor.  Standard broilers are processed quicker than an “old hen”.  The number of workers available and their processing experience will also affect efficiency.  A minimal staff of 4 experienced workers should be able to process between 15 and 30 standard broilers per hour or 5 and 10 turkeys per hour. 

Will I be able to use the MPPU for packaging?
- The MPPU does not provide equipment to package products at this time.

Can I pick-up and return the MPPU myself?
- TRiP does not allow other farms to move the MPPU.  Only authorized members of the TRiP team can take the unit on the road.

How much does it cost to rent the MPPU?
- $75 plus a $2.50/mile transport fee.

What does the rental fee include?
- The basic unit consists of the trailer, the main pieces of processing equipment (kill station, scalder, plucker, evisceration station, stainless steel tables), hook-up to your water supply and water hoses and nozzles needed to supply each piece of equipment, electrical hook-up to your power supply and gas hook-up to your LP gas cylinder.

What does the rental fee NOT include?
- TRiP does NOT provide labor for processing the birds, LP gas and cylinder, ice, cleaning supplies, coolers or cutlery.  There are also other miscellaneous items that you may want to supply that may come in handy to facilitate the process (i.e.: aprons, gloves, food-grade bins, totes and other containers).

Do I need experience?
It helps but it is not necessary.  There are plenty of youtube videos to teach you how to process birds.  Occasionally, TRiP offers hands-on learning experiences. Also, sometimes our local Cooperative Extension office will offer training opportunities.  

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