Chicken Pluckers?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by preacher1, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. preacher1

    preacher1 In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2007
    I'm interested in a mechanical chicken plucker. I've done some research on the internet looking at making the whizbank or purchasing the featherman pro. I would like some input from people who are using pluckers. What is the best type, brand, size, etc. What price range should I expect to pay. I'm thinking of raising around 30 cornish cross at a time. Any advice, suggestions or recomendations will be appreciated.
  2. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    I don't have any plucking equipment yet, but I'm considering building the whizbang. It sure appears to be the best value and looks like it works really well too.

    (video of whizbang in use; dead chicken alert)
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Everyone I know uses the Featherman pro who self processess.
  4. lynxpilot

    lynxpilot In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2008
    I'm using a Featherman Pro. Near as I can figure, it's very close to an industrial machine as far as function, and I've been very pleased with it. It's somewhat expensive, so I'd recommend it for somebody who's doing large batches for sales. Scalding correctly is the key though. I heat a large barrel of water to about 130 degrees F and scald for about one minute. No burnt skin and the feathers all come off in the plucker.
  5. snugglepup

    snugglepup Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Creedmoor, NC
    But do the legs break while being plucked? I'm still somewhat disturbed by my plucking experience this morning.[​IMG]
  6. lynxpilot

    lynxpilot In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2008
    Yes they do, sometimes. Wings more often. In a batch of 50 doing 2 at a time in the plucker, I probably had 2 broken or disjointed legs and 3 broken wings. Considering the alternative, I wasn't going to worry about it.

    The first time we used one, it was amazing. I researched the process as much as I could and did it by the book. They came out incredibly clean, pin feathers and all. Most of them didn't need any manual feather pulls at all. For the very few that did, it was minimal.

    Turkeys are a little different though. We had to work on them a little bit after the plucker.

    All in all, I couldn't imagine plucking manually in a production operation. The whole task is miserable enough without something stretching it out as much as plucking would. If you're only doing your own, I wouldn't get anything, or maybe just one of those bench top machines. But for your own plus some sales, the featherman can't be beat.

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