building a chicken plucker

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jvls1942, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Free Ranging

    Oct 16, 2008
    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..

  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    What the heck is a chicken plucker???
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    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.
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    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.
  6. schmije

    schmije Songster

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2008
  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Free Ranging

    Oct 16, 2008
    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..


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