Did you know you can rent poultry processing equipment and hand tools from Thurston Conservation District? We offer low-cost rental of tools and processing units to all community members. This helps support local farmers and backyard producers to raise their own meat birds and manage their yards and landscapes.

Avian Flu Information: TCD’s poultry processing equipment rental program remains open currently. The use of shared farm equipment by our community comes with the inherent risk of disease transmission. Additional sanitization procedures are required by renters and performed by TCD staff between reservations to help minimize the risk of transmission of the avian flu. This includes sanitizing processing equipment and the hauling trailer and tires. Renters who observe signs of disease in their flock are asked to cancel their reservation of the equipment to reduce the potential for spreading the avian flu virus. Program requirements and operations are subject to change.

We also rent nutrient-spreading equipment. Click here for information on those rentals.

Looking for our no-till drill rental? Click here.

Poultry Equipment & Tool Rental Procedure

  1. Fill out the form below to indicate which equipment you would like to use and what dates you are interested in using it. Please note, that renters pick up the equipment the day before their usage and hand it off the day after – please pick the days you intend to use the equipment.
  2. Within 3 business days, TCD Staff will contact you directly to confirm the time and date. You will be sent a confirmation email with this information.
  3. In the two weeks prior to your rental date, you will receive a PayPal invoice. Once you pay the invoice you will receive an email with more information about the pick-up and drop-off process. You must pay your invoice in order to move forward with your rental. 
  4. On the day of your reservation, please come to the TCD offices at the arranged time. A TCD Staff person will support you in picking up the equipment. Please expect to spend up to 20 minutes going over safety, use, and biosecurity. 
    If renting Poultry Processing Equipment, you will need a 2-inch ball hitch and a 4-way flat-end electrical hookup.
  5. Once you receive the equipment, please clean it according to the bio-safety cleaning procedures that will have been sent to you and are provided in a binder with the equipment.
  6. For Poultry Processing Equipment, before using the equipment, please read the Damage Report in the equipment binder, showing all previous dings, scrapes, and damage.
  7. If there is new damage or the equipment is damaged while in your procession please send Aimee an email (arichardson@thurstoncd.com) describing the damage. This may include sending photos. If no damage report is sent, TCD will assume there were no damages to report.
  8. If the equipment isn’t working please notify staff immediately to arrange a repair. Do not proceed with using broken equipment or doing fixes yourself.
  9. When you are done using the equipment, please ensure you have cleaned the equipment thoroughly according to the bio-safety procedures before returning it. A cleaning fee will be charged if you do not.
  10. You can drop off the equipment at the TCD office at the agreed-upon time and date. Please expect to spend up to 20 minutes reviewing returned equipment at drop-off. If there are any changes to the time please notify staff at (360) 754-3588.
    Please note, failure to return the equipment or deliver it to the designated location at the designated time shall result in a late penalty of $40, or a retrieval penalty of $175. Borrower agrees to follow the cleaning and biosecurity procedures. Borrower agrees to return the equipment in a clean and usable condition. A refundable amount of $40 will be returned only after the equipment has been inspected and verified clean and complete by TCD staff. Repeated failures to return the equipment in the agreed-upon standard will result in ineligibility to further rent equipment from TCD. 

Available Equipment

Looking for our manure spreaders, drop, or spin spreaders? We’ve transitioned these pieces of equipment to be a part of our soil health program and the rental procedure has changed. You can find information about how to rent our spreaders here.

Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment – 2 units

$75 per time slot (Friday-Monday OR Tuesday – Thursday)

Please note, $40 will be refunded if the equipment is returned on time, in full, and clean.


Equipment is transported in a small enclosed trailer and includes cones, kill tree and base, scalder, dunking arm, plucker, and chill tank. We have cones and pluckers appropriate for processing chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks. You provide the propane and all other necessary tools and equipment.
The trailer hitch is a 2″ ball and all necessary light hook-ups are required.  

Helpful Documents:

New to processing poultry? Check out these step-by-step videos and learn how to set up, use, and eviscerate your birds!

Shoulder Broadcast Spreader

$5 per use – Up to 1-week rental

This lightweight seed spreader can be carried over your shoulder. This is ideal for backyard gardeners who want to seed, fertilize, or amend a small patch of land. It comes with an adjustable spread flow control so you can use it on different size seeds. The bag can hold up to 25 lbs.

Weed Wrench

$5 per use – Up to 1-week rental

The Weed Wrench is an easy-to-use tool for removing unwanted woody plants on your property. In our area, it is mostly used for Scotch Broom removal. We have four available. Rental fee waived for partner and non-profit restoration projects.

Shovels & Pruners

$5 per use – Up to 1-week rental


Have a large job and need several shovels and/or pruners to do the work? TCD can help! We have several of each to help out with those bigger projects. Multiple quantities can be rented.

Interested in learning more about our equipment rental program?

Aimee Richardson
Natural Resource Specialist

You can also use our contact form.