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EZ Plucker

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Oregon Blues, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. fresheggs4u

    fresheggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is my set up:

    The whole thing....
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    The drain:

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    The basket to catch the feathers and you can see the drain hose:

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    The plumbing:

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    The cart is made from an old wagon frame and plywood sealed with spay sealer used to cover pruning on trees.

    this set up works grea and keeps the water off my feet and away from my work area
     
  2. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Nice setup. How well does the built in sprayer work?

    Yes, the 2" casters are a joke. I guess if it was sitting in a plant with concrete floors they would be fine. I've though about welding some pipe on some larger casters with pneumatic tires. I could then slip them over the existing legs and secure them with a set bolt.

    My wife thinks it needs a foot switch that operates the plucker and a water solenoid.
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Those pictures make me feel better that I forgot to take any... [​IMG] .
     
  4. fresheggs4u

    fresheggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The original wheels are bolted in. There are threads that you can use. That is how i attached it to the cart. The sprayer works pretty good. You have to roll it around and adjust it so that it doesn't spray out. I agree a foot switch and automatice value would be sweet.
     
  5. Chuck Dickens

    Chuck Dickens New Egg

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    We have an easy plucker, and I must say we made a mistake for our application.
    We raise a few thousand meat birds a year (mostly ducks) and after the first few slaughters with this machine, the lower fingers were torn. Also, the waterer at the top of the machine points in one hundred different directions (most of which are up)... Lastly, the wheels will not lock, and the machine moves around if you do not take them off.

    However my problems with the machine, I would recommend this for light weight home use... or if you were slaughtering only chickens on a small commercial scale.
     
  6. RoosterGeek

    RoosterGeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have so much going on, I forgot all about this thread.

    Thank you all for the replies!

    A few of my thoughts from looking over the supplied pictures:
    The upper part looks like a stainless steel drum cut in half with the edge rolled over for safety.

    That big pulley looks pretty heavy duty.

    Mac, your son looks absolutely thrilled to have his picture taken! [​IMG]

    The wheels look like a joke to me. I'm pretty sure their target market is home producers who do everything outside. They should have large wheels on that sucker.


    I need to have one ready to go by the end of August and I'm still not sure if I'm going to buy one or make a WhizBang.
     
  7. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mac in abilene

    I originally thought it was my generator. But it did have 220 on it. So I purchased the cord and still had issues with the plucker. I took my generator in to be sure there was nothing wrong and we tested other items and it turned out to the motor on the plucker. Would spin but as soon as I put a chicken in the drum and start to pluck it would come to a complete stop.
     
  8. fresheggs4u

    fresheggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    EZplucker vs Whizbang.... When i started to gather informatoin on supplies for the whizbang the costs where almost as much as the EZplucker. I don't have too many resources for used items. And when trying to buy them from places and ebay and all. It made more since for me to make the purchase. I agree they are expensive. But I fell i made a good investment.
    I did do some tweeking and may do more, not necesarily with the plucker but my setup.
     
  9. sbarab

    sbarab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the pictures! We are currently shopping for a plucker & it is great to see the bottom workings and plummed workings.
     
  10. Chuck Dickens

    Chuck Dickens New Egg

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    Hey everyone
    I posted earlier but now want to complain about my plucker. We have the EZ 188. After about 8 kills (about 800 or 1000 birds) the fingers on the bottom are all torn out and broken. I specifically spoke to the owner of the company about our operation and he said that this could definitely handle our operation. Now we're out of luck with a plucker that tares the skin, breaks the skin and legs and we're left with a bunch of birds we can't sell. The fingers started to break after the first kill. I'm unhappy with this product.
     

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