Starting a Poultry Processing Plant

One of the most lucrative businesses you can set up is a poultry processing plant. Poultry is eternally demand. However, since they are food products, poultry also need to be processed properly before they are delivered to their buyers.

Poultry processing plant does that. Find out how you can start one and take advantage of that demand.

Poultry is a very attractive business. There will always be a demand for poultry and livestock since people consume them for food. What’s more, big-name clients like fastfood chains as well as restaurants both big and small require a steady supply of poultry in order to use for the meals that they serve.

However, before poultry can be delivered to their clients, they still need to be processed and made ready for delivery. Poultry processing is when the chickens and other livestock fowl are slaughtered, cleaned up and made ready to be cooked or to be sold to their respective recipients. Fortunately, it is quite easy and systematic to start a poultry processing plant.

There are two types of poultry processing: the small-time and the big-time. Small-time poultry processing need none of the industrialized or specialized equipment that bigger plants use. However, if you plan to go on a high production processing plant, you would need to use that equipment in order to automate and make efficient the processing. Here are some of the things that you will need in order to start a poultry processing plant.

Automated Killing Equipment

In a large scale poultry processing plant, chickens should be killed quickly so that production is speedy. There is none of the manual slaughtering in a big-time plant. That is why you need automated killing equipment so you can achieve that efficient production you need to maintain. Killing equipment would include specialized conveyors, killing tunnels, stunning knives and killing cones.

Picking Equipment

Poultry processing would also include picking or plucking. In this part of the process, the bird is plucked clear of its feather so that it can be skinned later on. There are many types of automated picking equipment. It is, however, to your advantage to choose an automated picker that can minimize or even eliminate the incidence of bruising to the product as this will certainly affect its quality.

Eviscerating Equipment

Eviscerating is the process in which the bird is “gutted:” that is, they are opened up and the internal organs taken out, except for the kidney. You can see now that it is a very tedious and time-consuming task. However, automating this process can greatly enhance and speed up your processing capacities making you capable of greater amounts of output and thus increasing your income. That’s what automated eviscerating equipment is for.

Chilling Equipment

Last but not the least is chilling equipment. Chilling equipment makes sure the chickens and other poultry birds are stored and kept from being spoiled as time passes by from transporting to delivery at the recipient’s door.


  • Manjunath S.R. said on May 8, 2009
    Dear Sir/Madam, Myself is Manjunath S.R. Completed my MBA from an prestigious B-School in India. While looking around for the information for starting a new business in my home town i came across Startup biz hub and ideas for starting a poultry farm. I have a great potential to become an Entrepreneur and do business on my own. I am Interested in doing farming business. I would really appreciate if you help me out in giving support/idea. Please give the exact amount, man power, place required to start up an poultry business. Thank You and Best Regards, Manjunath S.R.,, Bangalore, # +919892688670
  • Laavett Ngobeni said on May 12, 2009
    Hi, I am Leavett Ngobeni. Am in possession of a national diploma in Agriculture Animal Production, whereby poultry production is one of my major subjects in the final year. I studied Agriculture with an intention of becoming a farmer. However I still find it difficult to start my own business, this is due to the lack of money. I got the skills but do not have resources. Please help me how do I go about acquiring resources or where to find a Sponsor? with thank and best regards. Leavett
  • segun oyanna said on May 13, 2009
    please, how much you need to start the small time poultry processing plant?
  • Yongama Dinge said on June 9, 2009
    Hi guys my name is Yongama Dinge, a South African and I studied Agriculture (Poultry Farming) ten years ago and I want to start farming. I do not have condition to start.
  • bosiu said on June 16, 2009
    please keep on emailing me. i will also reply. i'm a new small-scale (150 hens) poultry farmer. I have a BSc in Mathematics in Lesotho, and financing is also a problem to me.
  • laurea said on August 7, 2009
    I am about to graduate in Business management but I am very keen on starting a farming business in central Africa. I would like to know more about poultry farm (all type of poultry including hard chicken). thank you
  • Andrew Kezala said on November 30, 2009
    Hello, Am Andrew and would need a sample business plan for a small scale poultry processing plant in my rural area. I want to start up one as we addressing poultry rearing as a tool to eradicate poverty in the rural areas of Uganda, especially the single headed women households. I hope your technical advice would be of great help.
  • Shobhin said on December 13, 2009
    Hello Sir/Madam, I am a B.Com graduate. Me and my friends are pretty much interested in setting up Poultry Farming business around Hyderabad City. But we lack knowledge in how to start the business and how much investment it needs and getting the income returns through. And I belong to Hyderabad City, India. So, please help me with the required information.
  • Charles said on January 5, 2010
    Gaborone, Botswana. Hi, i have a chance to be financed by one of the organizations in my Country as my Country supports business farmers. Now i need more information on Starting up a large scale Poultry farm, I have to come up with a good business plan to get the funds. I need info on all stages from having small chicks to chickens as finished products. I would really appreciate your help.
  • Raj said on January 9, 2010
    Hi, I'm looking for someone who has experience In processing poultry and marketing the product. Please email me on I am about to start up on business
  • julian marcus okechukwu said on January 16, 2010
    i am julian i live in abuja Ngeria. i will like to start up an automated poultry processing plant in abuja to meet up with the high demand of poultry products. i will like to know how much it will cost me to start up this project and if i can get a partner. you can email me thank you
  • TEMESGEN TIGERE JALU said on March 17, 2010
    I am in Eastern Africa Ethiopian county Debere zeyet City I have 1000.00 pcs of chicken ( poultry). If you are interested to help me I need
    1 To build my capacity in technical support which means I am not master in poultry farm but I am very interested to because of these please send me books in soft copy and other or by hard copy
    2 it’s possible to help me Economical by bird or by material
    3 I need to change or to increase this farm in to big poultry farm then if you have interested to share these poultry farm buy another third party
  • Mr Alasan Makalo said on April 13, 2010
    hi i am a poultry farmer from The Gambia, a country where there is no standard poultry farm. i am looking for a sponsorship, partnership or assistant to expand my local poultry farm. Anybody interested on the above can contact me at
  • kwatampora barnabas said on May 19, 2010
    hi, am a student of food processing technology in Uganda and i want to start a processing plant for chicken. guide me please. thank you
  • mr bemgaly said on June 20, 2010
    hi, i want to start a poultry farming in banjul area please could someone help me in details on all necessary steps to be taken, like expenditure rent, medicines, i wanna start with 500 laying-hens thanks
  • flex said on July 6, 2010
    hi i want to open a small processing plant but would like to know finer details regarding the % of meat of a certain size bird. how to work out costs and calculations. i have tried boning in a very small quantity and does not seem efficient. thanks.
  • ramu said on July 22, 2010
    Hi, I want to know the economics of processing chicken.
  • PRATAP said on September 2, 2010
    we are manufacturer in poultry processing equipments & contact number is 09527595275 such as chicken cutting mc, def. mc , semi automatic plants.
  • stephen Adeyemi said on September 13, 2010
    Please can you tell me approximately how much I need to set up poultry processing plant in Nigeria
  • Dr Dinesh A Auti said on December 7, 2010
    I want actual project report of 250bph plant for poultry processing
  • telisha chibale said on January 3, 2011
    hi i need help with a business plan for a processing plant,for making chicken nuggets
  • beatrice gayle said on January 19, 2011
    Hi, I am interested in a semi-automatic poultry plant processing 300-500b/h. I have already saved up some money.Would you kindly tell me just about how much this investment would cost in U.S$?I need to know if i can afford to start now or wait.
  • queene said on March 19, 2011
    hi, i'm a student and i want to know more about the chicken dressing plant & the machines used in order to operate the plant pls, give me an info
  • tayyab said on June 8, 2011
    Hello every body, i am a skilled poultry veterinarian who is looking for cheap poultry processing plant/medium sized for processing of 1000-2000 birds per advice me cheapest resource or even if somebody know how to design locally, i shall grateful.
  • Nhilesh said on September 18, 2011
    hi i would like to find out the startup costs of a small time processing plant
  • Julius Kirui said on December 4, 2011
    Hi, I am an final year engineering student and interested poultry processing firm. may I know how this can be made possible.
  • Alasan Jain said on January 28, 2012
    Hello; Am studying Management studies in The Gambia and am interested in starting a poultry, not only poultry but livestock rearing i have a very huge land, my problems are, finance and i don't have experience on Animals. Am searching for sponsor. Please i need help.........
  • Samaresh Mondal said on February 21, 2012
    Hello am samareshmondal age 34 interested poultry processing firm .may i know how this can be possible
  • vijay kumar said on April 17, 2012
    am vijay kumar from hyderabad, andhra pradesh, india.. am looking to set up a poultry processing plant - fully automated capable of handling around 500 birds per hour... could you please give us the project report and feasibility report...Regards/vijay kumar
  • MYPosada said on April 25, 2012
    I am looking for employees to help me further process chicken. I am a production manager, and we do not slaughter or raise poultry. We buy the WOGS or the boneless chicken breast and cut it into different sizes. Where can I find employees for this industry. I work in a cold refrigerated environment, and finding personnel is difficult. Any help is greatly appreciated. Houston, TX 77009 (713)861-0909
  • Vivesh Bagniparsad said on May 31, 2012
    Hi am interested in a Starting a Poultry Processing Plant in south africa could u please provide me with info pertaining to the process and requirements also the project report and feasibility report will be much appreciated.Regards/Vivesh Bgniparsad
  • anil gupta said on July 2, 2012
    I am chartered accountant and my client wants to start poultry processing unit at amritsar
  • vijay j said on July 7, 2012
    me vijay j from shimoga district karnataka state. I am interested in chicken processing business and i have 10000 lakh capital with building and I planned to produce 2 or 3 tonnes of chicken every day please guide me about machines used for this with low cost.
  • Purushottam said on July 15, 2012
    please provide small scale poultry processing unit manufacturers addresses
  • ashok kumar said on July 22, 2012
    Dear sir/masses, I'm ashok (Mba) from rajahmundry (ap), I would like to know about clear information for chicken /poultry processing plant. because I want to start this in small type plant of chicken wholesale and retail with lowest investment. Please provide sufficient information.
  • tholoana said on July 27, 2012
    Hi my name is tholoana, I would like to start up a small poultry company in my hometown Lesotho. pls assist me on that. regards
  • Alfred B Sankoh said on August 23, 2012
    I am Sierra Leonean i want to start a standard poultry i really look for partnership if any one is interested contact me on mail or by phone +23278988925
  • jahangeer ahmad baht said on September 13, 2012
    where from can i get the poultry processing equipments in india. my unit is located srinagar kashmir.
  • naresh said on September 13, 2012
    Dears, Actually i am Starting a Poultry Processing Plant, but not experience for me how to start plant, and how to take safety precautions.
  • Emmanuel samson said on September 17, 2012
    Sir/ma, i'm emmanuel samson, OSUN STATE NIGERIA,i am well experienced in poultry farming for at least ten years. i have a landed property that can accommodate 20,000 birds to start with but lack the capital to practice. pls how can i get sponsors with legal agreement for terms and conditions of transactions. thank you.
  • Oluchi Stephnora obi said on September 22, 2012
    Hi! i am interested in poultry processing business. pls can you help me with the cost of the equipments(automated) that you mentioned above? Location: Onitsha in Anambra state, Nigeria. thanks!
  • pule john said on September 25, 2012
    I'm John pule from South Africa, North west Provence rustenburg platinum city want to open up chicken farm need help on how to start, have land 4-5 hectors need aid to start a successful chicken farming.
  • PASEKA TSEEKE said on October 1, 2012
    i'm in Lesotho and i want to start poultry slaughtering project. pls give me details on how to start, equipment and where to get it, total capital needed for the project. thanx in advance.
  • Goitseona Mathibe said on October 11, 2012
    In reply to @pule john in Rustenburg, I think we can help each other am also in agricultural and live in Rustenburg if we can meet and have a talk then we can take it from there, you can get hold of me on this numbers 0781657154 if you are interested, look forward to hear from you.
  • Zafar Ali said on October 16, 2012
    Hi..i am wanting to start my poultry meat processing plant and i want to know about all like consultants for plant set up...where we got the current prices to quote to our buyers...there is any loan facility by govt. how much subsidy...what is the drawback etc...
  • Dr B.K.Panda said on October 16, 2012
    Please send me details of automatic processing unit for 10,000 birds with cost including installation at FOR, Bhubaneswar. Sincerely, B.K.Panda
  • MR G M DIVINE said on November 2, 2012
    HI I WISH TO START A POULTRY FARMING WITH 100 BIRDS, i need some directives on the whole issue
  • Jaison said on November 6, 2012
    Dear Sir/Madam, Myself is Jaison an idea to start poultry farm at Kerala in India. While looking around for the information for starting a new business in my home town i came across Startup biz hub and ideas for starting a poultry farm. I have a great potential to do business on my own. I am Interested in doing farming business. I would really appreciate if you help me out in giving support/idea. Please give the exact amount, man power, place required to start up an poultry business. Thank You and Best Regards,
  • roland said on December 11, 2012
    dear sir/madam, I'm called Roland from Cameroon, and i want to start my own poultry business, i got the money but i do not know where to start from. i will be grateful if u give me some advise on the exact amount, land required ,cause i want to make it large scale. thanks and best regards,
  • Vincent Ronoh said on December 29, 2012
    Hi, I am a student at University of Nairobi-Kenya with a business idea of keeping 550 chicken. I'll wish so see it grow but have got financial hiccups I'll be grateful if there is any financial support for the young enterprise.
  • J.N.SINGH said on January 1, 2013
    i want to enter into poultry, fish & mutton(goat)processing industry in bihar, india. it should be automatic plant or you can say less dependent on manual work force. need your guidance in brief first in terms of investment, returns, hurdles & opportunities. my tel no. is 09560958498
  • Dr B,K,Panda said on January 4, 2013
    Please provide me details of automatic 10,000 broiler processing unit including cutting to pieces for ready to cook. The approximate cost and space/structure requirements and installation cost etc at FOR, Bhubaneswar. with regards, sincerely, B.k.panda
  • Dheeraj Kumar said on February 21, 2013
    Dear Sir/Madam, Myself is Dheeraj an idea to start poultry farm at Punjab in India. While looking around for the information for starting a new business in my home town i came across Startup biz hub and ideas for starting a poultry farm. I have a great potential to do business on my own. I am Interested in doing farming business. I would really appreciate if you help me out in giving support/idea. Please give the exact amount, man power, place required to start up an poultry business. Thank You and Best Regards, Dheeraj, +91 9716319360, +91 9999933300
  • RIZWAN ALAM said on March 17, 2013
    Respected sir, We are doing chicken slaughtering business and supplying in mumbai restaurants. Sir we wanted to expand but lack of finance we are unable so pls sir guide us how can we avail the subsidy from Maharashtra govt. for this business. Thanks
  • Nigaze said on March 27, 2013
    Can you please advice me how much money i need to start up a broiler of 20,000 birds. All needed material and labor details if possible. Regards
  • Mass Ndong said on July 9, 2013
    Hi, All I need to know, is how much do in need to start a large scale poultry business in Gambia. Regards.
  • Md shadab baghban said on July 14, 2013
    Dear sir/madam, i am md shadab baghban mba 2 sem student after completing mba wants to setup processing unit for poultry and beef please explain total estimation cost for the plant.
  • vijay said on August 13, 2013
    I want to start a mutton & Fish packaging unit in Pune (maharashtra-India) can u help me for detail information. Thanking you
  • r n das said on September 17, 2013
    i want to start a mobile chicken slaughter plant, pl help. kolkata,west bengal, India
  • Arun B Matale said on September 22, 2013
    If you wish to start poultry project ,poultry processing plant please contact me +91 9850710990
  • Ajit Bhoi said on October 16, 2013
    we want to open processed chicken shop in Abuja (Nigeria). can you please help us with some marketing strategies for our business.
  • SYC said on October 26, 2013
    Helo, I am Chinese, I provide all kinds of poultry equipment with good price. my email:
  • cherlyn tshabangu said on December 3, 2013
    hello we are an ngo that helps drug addicts sex workers and human trafficking victims we have a farm and are in need of a start up kit for poultry farming which companies can we approach as this will help us raise our own funds
  • Mushana Evarist said on January 19, 2014
    i would like to start a poultry project to get fees for higher institution of learning
  • Godwin Miracle said on January 23, 2014
    Pls i will like to know how much it will cost me for an automated killing/feathering equipment from company.
  • sisay mebratu said on January 29, 2014
    this is the business I always dream on after I graduate from college what I need is some help how to setup chicken poultry farm business plan I will appreciate for your support best regard sisay gidey
  • SUNIL said on February 13, 2014
    can you help me start and how to setup poultry farm business plan. truly appreciate your help
  • Amol said on April 23, 2014
    Hi Sir, I am an engineering Graduate and want to start my own business. I had a 30 acres of land at my village connected to national highway which make it a best place to start this type of business. Could you please guide me for cost and manpower required to form this business.
  • Robert Dsouza said on June 15, 2014
    I am intd in a small scale poultry farming business. Pls let me know how much capital one needs. Thanks
  • Syafri Hadi said on July 30, 2014
    Hi, I am planning to start build a chicken poultry factory in Indonesia located in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Please provide details how much and what process required to start. Regards, Syafri Hadi
  • Necku Christ said on August 14, 2014
    Please i really want know how much it will cost to set up a plant and also any other information to help me start one big plant here i Ghana. thank you.
  • Meroyi adedoyin said on October 6, 2014
    Helo sir/mam i need your help in having a poultry, i am in nigeria. please i need you to support me financially please i would be grateful if you can help me ,my number is +2347037676100 thanks.
  • mike essien said on October 18, 2014
    I am in ikot ekpene.Nigeria. please what is the cost for a semi automated 3- 5 hundred b/h plant? Thank you
  • emmanueL said on November 12, 2014
    Pls sir and mam in Nigeria I want to start poultry. how can I start with small amount
  • Francis Munangwa said on November 14, 2014
    I'm a 48 year old gentleman with several years management experience. I have been to Graduate School for MBA. I'm setting up a poultry processing company in Zimbabwe and am looking for a Technical Partner from overseas to help set up the plant for a 49% equity and long term loan. You can email for further details
  • Lakshmi Narayanan said on November 20, 2014
    I am looking for a Project Report for processing of 500 birds per day. I would like to have details of
    1) Plant & Machinery Cost
    2) Other Equipments costs for portioning
    3) Water Treatment
    4) Effluent Treatment
    5) Miscellaneous
    Please provide me with detailed project costs to approach Bank for Project Finance. Regards LN
  • phhhhhhhhhh said on January 13, 2015
    can u plz tell me where and how to avail loan facility for poultry business. as an unemployed women how much can i get loan and how much is required for 500 chicken for begin the business. i have own land .
  • Jeevanandam beginner adviser said on January 23, 2015
    Hi I am a poultry processing consultant. Based out of India (Bangalore). I provide end to end consultancy service for starting up poultry processing unit and running it(designing, selection of equipment, process implementation and running the process line, providing skilled and unskilled manpower). We also, provide consultancy for setting retail chicken, fish and meat shop, provide guidance to source raw material, manpower to run shop. We also, provide meat product development consultancy and poultry value added product (sausage, salami, breaded product etc). I am Masters degree holder in Meat and food science with a MBA from XLRI, worked in few renowned multinational company. YOu can contact me on 8800100276 or 8904040045. || Consultant

  • Mr Munna Sah said on March 23, 2015
    I have an experience about 10 years in chicken processing unit..if any body wants to give the job opportunities & manpower contract for his/her company for the best service & do the management in processing area then plz contact (08670664883/ whats app number 9763193317. Fb anikesh sah
  • Emmanuel O. said on May 21, 2015
    Emmanuel from Nigeria. My company is involved in building poultry processing system/plants in Nigeria and west Aftrica region. Our system capacities ranges from 500bph - 15,000 bph, with different degree of automation. Our system is of high quality with international acceptability. Contact us via for further details.
  • Masango ES said on June 24, 2015
    Hallo, I am Masango ES, I am a young entrepreneur owning a small chicken farm. However I am more interested in starting an automated chicken slaughtering plan. Please send me quotation of all equipments needed and strategies/advices/ideas on how to start this interesting and high demand business. I am From KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga Province in the Republic of South Africa.
  • Paul Osei Kwame said on June 29, 2015
    I have a poultry farm of about 50000 layer birds capacity and 30000 broiler capacity. i wish to build a broiler processing plant of 1000 to 2000 birds per hour. I would be grateful if your outfit can enlighten me what it entails, in terms of financing, storage of processed birds, sewage control etc.
  • victor said on July 17, 2015
    how much will it cost me to start up this business in nigeria
  • Kevin regala said on August 13, 2015
    Hi i'm karl kevin regala from pampanga philippines. I'm in a small business of meat processing and i'm thinking of upgrading to automated chicken dressing machine. I'm wondering how much would it cost for a 2000 head capacity and where can i find a supplier. Thank you very much.
  • Corner Chen said on August 27, 2015
    Our company is the largest poultry cage manufacturer, we have both A and H type cage system for layer, broiler, day old chick and breeder with full automatic system. If any requirements, please contact us by email: , or by Skype: , Mobile: +8615838398703 (What's App & Viber & Wechat)
  • Dhan Kumar said on September 3, 2015
    Hi, I am Dhan Kumar. I have been looking for chicken processing plant at my place and i am really interested in it. I am looking for semi automated plant. Can you please provided with the technical details for 500 chickens per day. The technology used, suppliers details of machinery and cost of the machines. Hope to get information soon. Thanks.
  • summer said on September 6, 2015
    we are manufacturer of high quality poultry deboning machine ,and slaughtering machine ,if you need this machine please contact me by or whatapp 18865952963 Looking forward to your early reply. Summer
  • samson ayano said on January 18, 2016
    please can I Have the business plan for setting up small scale poultry processing plant in nigeria.
  • Fabian Meyrahn said on January 19, 2016
    Dear Sir/Madam,If you are looking for low cost reconditioned (or new) poultry equipment you can contact me. We are a small machine company located in The Netherlands. We overhaul equipment. We have a large stock in Meyn equipment so you can also contact us for spare parts.If you want more information feel free to contact me: Mail: Yours sincerely, Fabian Meyrahn
  • BKA said on February 22, 2016
    I am interested in start up business in partnership with angels to process chicken.Do you know the company who can provide medium scale halal chicken processing machine.List of other materials and equipment require for this business including the cost in Europe.Appreciate a quick response.
  • Ketan said on June 24, 2016
    Hi, I am looking forward to start a medium scale slaughtering unit. (Approximately 300bph). I need to understand how much investment it takes plus how the plant can be set up. Kindly help me get through primary stage.
  • Jomy Varghese said on July 23, 2016
    Hi, I am Jomy Varghese from Kerala , INDIA. can someone suggest me machineries for chicken processing plant?, Thanks & Regards, Jomy Varghese
  • Arun Matale beginner adviser said on July 28, 2016
    You are looking for poultry business like Breeder, commercial broiler, Hatchery, Chicken Processing plant, I have total solution to set the project and run successfully. || Poultry Project Consultant

  • Mukanjay Singh said on October 4, 2016
    @Dhan Kumar, I am representing Meyn Food Processing technology in India & South Asia. Anyone who is interested in setting up chicken processing plant (slaughtering, De-feathering, evisceration, chilling, cut up & deboning) we do supply machines and equipment. For more details about our company i request you to visit . My name is Mukanjay Singh, Area Sales Manager of Meyn India office. Mobile: +91 8860329800 & Email :
  • Castro Asare Addo said on October 12, 2017
    I am a final year student in a reputable University in Ghana (University of Cape Coast). I am a beginner and a young entrepreneur as well. I have an interest in Agriculture specifically Poultry and processing. I have a team and we are making plans. I saw your earnest effort on your website. please I need you to help me out, especially in finances, mentorship, supervision and how to go about with it. Thank You. Castro Asare Addo, +233(0)544402802
  • Letso Podile said on October 17, 2017
    I want to start a poultry processing plant but I do not have equipment. I am asking what is required in terms of equipment and the cost.
  • Hridey Singh Brar beginner adviser said on January 10, 2018
    I am hridey singh brar (food technologist ) having 7+ Years of experience in running poultry processing plant in india and overseas. If you need any assistance in running the poultry processing plant lines mainly stork, meyn, linco etc please do let me know at and can call me anytime at +919815340416

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