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Broken wings/legs from plucker?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Bluff Country Chicken, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Bluff Country Chicken

    Bluff Country Chicken In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2011
    SE MN
    A buddy and I built a whizbang. I've had some wings and legs get "broken." By this I mean the bones break through the skin. Does anyone have any advice on how to prevent this? Fyi...we used a 3/4 hp farm duty motor. Everything went according to plan when we built it except we added too many fingers on the sides. I was wiring the motor while my friend was drilling holes. Instead of four columns of fingers, he basically made it so the side walls are totally covered with fingers. Maybe the extra drag created by this is causing the problem? Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I think this happens to everyone. Out of 50 birds, I usually have 3-5 of them that have broken bones. I have figured out that when I see one just spinning around the outside of the tub instead of tumbling, I kinda pulsate the plucker on and off a couple times to slow it down. It has helped some. I seem to have more trouble with smaller birds. Also, plucking 3-4 at a time seems to help.
  3. Bluff Country Chicken

    Bluff Country Chicken In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2011
    SE MN
    Does any extra care need to be given when cooking? I'm assuming it's just an aesthetic thing but thought I'd check with folks here.
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Broken bones and tearing skin are not uncommon but can be limited somewhat by these few tip's.

    Scald at the proper temp
    make sure your pluckers gear reducer is correct
    plucking fingers come in different rigidness, softer fingers will tear more skin
    use a foot peddle device to pulse the tub speed and re-position the bird in the tub
    if a the bird get's caught in a too wide of a space between the tub and the feather plate that will tear a bird up
    a few chugs of vinegar in the scald water will tighten the skin against the muscle and reduce tearing and won't effect the flavor
  5. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    We too get a few birds out of every batch with a broken wing or leg. Much more likely to happen if we only have one bird in the plucker. It is just appearance though, nothing wrong with it and no need to cook it any different.

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