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Anyone seen this plucker??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by trifecta, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. trifecta

    trifecta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, we are at the time of year where we have the harder aspect of chicken math. We have 4 spare cockerels of various breeds going to freezer camp in the next 2ish weeks and I'm trying to get all my supplies together. I do have a drill style plucker, but could never really seem to get it to work properly, so have previously just hand plucked. DH is a bit of a wuss if any tiny amount of anything possibly ever resembling a feather remains on the beast. So, I've been looking for a plucker here and there to see if I could get one at a decent price. Long term we will likely be processing 50ish birds per year in small groups (I'm thinking batches of 12-15), so not a ton, but enough that a plucker could make the job much more convenient.

    Today I stumbled across this gem on ebay:
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Small-Fe...d4458bba108ef8c1972d6b&pid=100505&rk=1&rkt=1&

    It looks like it would be too small to do most standard roosters. I suspect its marginal quality. But perhaps someone on here has tried it??

    Cheers
    Natalie
     
  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    It is rather small.

    ""Used for: Quail, pigeon, guinea fowl, bantam chicken and other similar sized birds""

    And from the description of its use you don't scald the bird first. Instead you wet the feathers....

    You can make a decent plucker with a piece of PVC a few Rubber straps from Bungee cord (the all rubber kind) for a few dollars.

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    this is one but there are many many others on YouTube.....

    There are also plans right here for different kinds ranging from Washtub conversion to the drill motor version.

    good luck. I plan on doing this in future. But I also plan to opt to skin the bird because I want to home can the meat.

    deb
     
  3. Birdinhand

    Birdinhand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked at this one and the reviews are pretty bad, at least with respect to actually trying to use it for chickens. I bought the whizbang build book but just couldn't bring myself to venture into such an involved project that actually ends up costing in the $700 range. someone on this board turned me on to the yardbird 1.5 hp chicken plucker, it's on sale for $400 and has great reviews. I used a drill style plucker like the one listed above and it works OK for a few birds but it flings chicken funk and feathers all over the place and I ended up pretty well tarred and feathered and it was hard on my wrist. the yardbird looks like the best of the lower cost pluckers so I bought one. I'll do a review next month after we harvest our 37 CX, it does two birds at a time in about 20 seconds.
     
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  4. trifecta

    trifecta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually own a drill plucker already- I just haven't found it to be all that helpful hence thinking of springing for a tub plucker. Agree it looks small and cheaply made but I was hoping someone on here had tried it.
     
  5. trifecta

    trifecta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. Here in Oz the cheapest I've seen a tub plucker for is around 7-800ish. Taking them for processing is not an option around here either (plus we are talking about 4 scrawny cockerels here lol). I couldn't figure out how to access the reviews on eBay but that answers my question then!

    Thanks!
     
  6. Birdinhand

    Birdinhand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DanielleInUro Out Of The Brooder

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    This thread was awhile ago, but I'm looking at the same machine. I've maxed out my meat bird budget and am trying to find a way around the two hundred dollar one I've been eyeing, since I will only be doing quail, and max 30 or so at a time. Did you wind up trying it?
     
  8. Birdinhand

    Birdinhand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went with the yard Bird and loved it.
     
  9. Fairview01

    Fairview01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well that's good to hear. I just bought one and will.be putting it to use this weekend. Ill post before and after pics.
     
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  10. Birdinhand

    Birdinhand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the only thing I noticed that you have to watch for is that it is designed to have two birds at a time to keep the birds rolling properly. if they end up not rolling, just grab a leg and dislodge them. you really can't beat the value on this plucker and it's easy to clean!
     

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