Doing a turkey in a Wisebang plucker?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ghulst, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    Has any body done large turkeys in a wizbang plucker? My friend has 10 turkeys to process and was thinking about using my wizbang plucker. Will it work. Tell about your experiences .
  2. cjbuchholz

    cjbuchholz In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    We did 10 turkeys this year in a Whizbang plucker . . . They're fine for the heritage birds and the smaller hens. Capacity seems to be about an 18 lb dressed weight bird. We used a 1hp motor and recommend this. A plate or something to keep the pulley relatively dry (or look at the feather chute plans) should help keep the belt from slipping.

    The larger birds took a little positioning and holding and we ended up hand plucking (about 60% of the feathers) most of the ones greater than about 18lbs.

    Works great on broilers and stewing hens, though.
  3. LilyD

    LilyD Songster

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bristol, VT
    If you look at the EZ plucker site the only differences between the tub plucker that does 40lb turkeys and the one that does smaller turkeys is the one that does 40lb has a 25 inch diameter drum instead of a 21 inch. Also the one that does the larger turkeys has a 2 horse power motor rather than a 1 horse power. I have the smaller and it will only do up to maybe a 20ish pound turkey without issue otherwise I have to turn it manually in the plucker.

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