Do you have a plucker?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by furbabymum, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. furbabymum

    furbabymum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are looking at building a plucker for our chickens and turkeys come fall. While chikens should be easy to build a plucker for, turkeys are looking like an issue. Our giant white is massive. We estimate he'll get to 50lbs by plucking time. So who has a plucker and does it work for both your chickens and turkeys??
     
  2. retlaw

    retlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a borrowed chicken plucker last fall on my turkeys and i found that the plucker did the job but needed to be bigger and the birds were not 50 lbs.
    The biggest were in the 20ish lb range.
    So I think a normal chicken plucker will not work on a bird that big.
     
  3. furbabymum

    furbabymum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know. Thanks!!!!
     
  4. junkprospector

    junkprospector Chillin' With My Peeps

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    isnt there some kind of a drill attachment that will pluck them? so you can scald -> then hand -> then pluck?
     
  5. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    How many will you do at a time? Plucking one by hand isn't too bad.

    I'm looking into those drill-attachments myself.
     
  6. furbabymum

    furbabymum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 15. Probably keep 3 alive so that's 12. lol
    Can someone link me this drill attachment plz?
     
  7. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    This one on Amazon is what I've been looking at.

    Yeah, plucking 12 would be a day's work!
     
  8. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I wish I had one. That is on my wish list.
     
  9. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine too. I was having coffee with some "old guys" one morning and one of the guys said that so-and-so got his wife a plucker for their anniversary and boy was she mad. I said, "that would be awesome, best anniversary gift ever!"
     
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    If someone gave me a plucker, I would :weee.

    That would be THE BEST GIVE EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :celebrate
     

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