Whole dressed Ringneck Pheasant. Our birds are raised in a spacious pen with shade, sun, roosting and covered areas. We plant bean plants for cover and forage, and supplement high protein wild game bird food with seconds from the garden such as greens, melons, and cucumbers as well as sunflower oil seeds. We occasionally treat them with chicken scratch (bird candy).
We process the birds on the farm in compliance with WVDA guidelines and regulations for safe poultry handling under the Producer/Grower 1000 Poultry Limit Exemption Requirements which state:
A person may slaughter and process poultry that he or she raised on his or her premises and they may distribute such poultry without mandatory inspection when the following five criteria are met [PPIA Section 464(c)(4) “Section 15 (c)(4)”4; Title 9 CFR §381.10(c)].
1. The poultry grower slaughters no more that 1,000 healthy birds of his or her own raising in a calendar year for distribution as human food;
2. The poultry grower does not engage in buying or selling poultry products other than those produced from poultry raised on his or her own farm;
3. The slaughter and processing are conducted under sanitary standards, practices, and procedures that produce poultry products that are sound, clean, and fit for human food (not adulterated);
4. The producer keeps records necessary for the effective enforcement of the Act [Title 9 CFR 381.175]; and
5. The poultry products do not move in commerce. (In this context, “commerce” is defined as the exchange or transportation of poultry products between States, U.S. territories (Guam, Virgin Island of the United States, and American Samoa), and the District of Columbia) [PPIA Section 453; Title 9CFR §381.1(b)].