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building a chicken plucker

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I am building a chicken plucker.
how many of you have done this?
Where is the least expensive place to buy rubber fingers?

All of these questions were probably hashed out already, but I just joined this group  on 10-16-08

I tried the SEARCH thing already with no luck..

...jiminwisc..

post #2 of 14

What the heck is a chicken plucker???

Craptastic.
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Unless you plan on doing more than twenty at a time, it is faster to pluck them by hand.  That is figuring the set up and clean up time.

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I just built a chicken plucker.  I bought head with rubber fingers from Sportsmans Guide for $20.  It can be chucked in a drill motor.  I had a small motor with the same shaft diameter a the plucker head.  Made a bracket to hold the motor, attached it to a board.  Installed some weight on the board to keep it from moving.  Inverted a plastic box over the motor with a hole for the motor shaft to go through.  Attached the head and started plucking.  Works great.  Less that $25 invested.

When having problems with chickens stop and think, what would Harlan do?
I've dealt with many thorns in my life and the flower is always worth the effort.

6 Nest rollout nest box plans  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/287684/new-rollout-nest-design-picture-heavy-edited-1-21

Smoker plans http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/721017/opas-recirculating-smoker

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When having problems with chickens stop and think, what would Harlan do?
I've dealt with many thorns in my life and the flower is always worth the effort.

6 Nest rollout nest box plans  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/287684/new-rollout-nest-design-picture-heavy-edited-1-21

Smoker plans http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/721017/opas-recirculating-smoker

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post #6 of 14

We saw this article a couple of months ago in Backyard Poultry Magazine. 

http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/issues/3/3-3/affordable-homemade-poultry-plucker.html

Julie

 

We live on a small hobby farm with our 2 labs, 3 barn cats, 3 beehives and several dozen chickens. 

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Julie

 

We live on a small hobby farm with our 2 labs, 3 barn cats, 3 beehives and several dozen chickens. 

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post #7 of 14

here is article with link at bottom  that has the instructions for building including where to get the needed parts etc.
http://www.farmshow.com/issues/31/04/310402.asp
(you might also look on ebay for second hand copies)

If you only need to do a few birds and are strapped for cash or mechanically  incompetant then how bout the 6 dollar DIY plucker attached to a drill option?
http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/showthread.php?t=130787&highlight=plucker


Edited by dlhunicorn - 10/18/08 at 1:24am
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Thread Starter 

thanks  for the input.   here is where I am at..  .......

I have the Whizbang plans..they claim that you can do 3 at a time in less than 30 seconds.

I have the frame built and the drum temporarily mounted..  I have the plucker plate cut out and drilled for fingers..  I need
inexpensive fingers, 120 of them..

we do about 200 birds per year.

turkeys, ducks, geese and chickens..

we have raised chickens for over 40 years..  if I have to pluck one by hand, he will live another day..

I have two drum type pluckers
that we use..  and loan out.. can pluck a chicken in 20 to 30 seconds..

they are nothing to clean up.. just spray them down with the hose...

I am also going to build another
couple of that style and sell them..   I already have buyers..

.............jiminwisc.........

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http://childreninthecorn.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-i-built-my-mechanical-chicken.html

Raising vegetables, fruit, chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, goats, dogs, cats, & children ... oh my!

"Be the Change you wish to see in the World" --Gandhi

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Raising vegetables, fruit, chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, goats, dogs, cats, & children ... oh my!

"Be the Change you wish to see in the World" --Gandhi

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