Chicken Plucker questions

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by redonthehead, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. redonthehead

    redonthehead Out Of The Brooder

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    My hubby wants to build a chicken plucker and he has a few questions.


    For those of you who have built pluckers, where is the best place to buy the rubber fingers for it?

    And, what is the ideal speed for the feather plate to rotate?


    Thanks for your help!

    Jane [​IMG]
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    which plucker are you building? If it is the one based on an electric drill, you need a plug-in variable speed, and you can adjust as you work. The fingers are just black rubber bungee cords, available here at Ace Hardware.
     
  3. redonthehead

    redonthehead Out Of The Brooder

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    it's just going to be a tub style plucker built out of an old metal washing machine tub. Belt and pulley system run by either an electric or small gas motor.
     
  4. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try E Bay, I just baught 50 back in Nov.
    They are cheaper with the larger quantity.
    I have a featherman, I have had it for 7 years now.
    This is the first time that I have had to replace any of the fingers.
    Let us know how your plucker turns out.


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    best of luck
     
  5. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ebay is the cheapest place I found them as well. There is a seller from Jamestown, Ohio that had the best deal I could find. As for plucker speed, if I remember correctly, mine turns at about 260 RPMs. That is with a 2 1/2" drive pulley and a 16" driven pulley.
     
  6. redonthehead

    redonthehead Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:You don't happen to have any pictures or videos of your plucker that you'd be able to share do you? This is our first attempt at building one so my husband is checking out all the visuals he can find. [​IMG]

    Thanks!
    J.
     

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