Looking for cheap plucker part sources...

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by the_great_snag, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Staples, Minnesota
    Hey everyone,

    I have recently had to quit my job due to health reasons and am looking to start raising meat birds on a larger scale to help supplement our family income.

    My brother-in-law has a whizbang plucker that he built a couple years ago that works excellent, but we have since moved away to our own farm and he is no longer close enough to lend it to us.

    Anyway, I am looking for any ideas on where to source a motor, bearings, etc. that won't break the bank. Also, does anyone have any ideas on where to get plastic barrels?


  2. KBlue

    KBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2011
    Katy, TX
    The barrel and motor you might be able to get off Craigslist.
  3. birdman1960

    birdman1960 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2012
    north central cheeseland
    try local salvage yard for motor and bearings, pulley's, etc
  4. guppy85

    guppy85 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2011
    I've found the rubber fingers on ebay for a reasonable price. $70 for 150.
  5. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Staples, Minnesota
    Well so far I have found a couple cheap plastic barrels. I was intending to use steel, but these will be easier to work with, considering most of my tools are woodworking tools.

    I also found a seller on Amazon who sells 200 C25 fingers for $98. I'm planning to design a couple other smaller machines so the extra fingers will be handy, or I could go all out and design it for game birds as well.

    Anyway, my idea right now is to use a 3/4 horsepower motor with a 56C flange, mounted to a 10:1 gear reducer, and mounting the feather plate directly to the output shaft. I have found a couple cheap sources for these part.

    I will post more as I go on, but it will have to happen as I get my hands on the funds. :) My eventual goal is to come up with a cheap easy design that is easily repeated so I can help others build them too.
  6. FeedYourself

    FeedYourself Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Washington State
    I would think you could find a local dairy plant, brewery, or food processor, you would find they have tons of barrels left from their chemical use for their sanitation cycles. Obviously, you would want to have it washed out before anything, but they are heavy duty CPVC type plastic, and durable as all get out.

    While you are there, you could inquire if they had old 110V motors they wanted to scrap (but can't because of teh oil content), and that you would be interested in one for a small price. Lots of places like that would be happy to be rid of their "trash" and your treasure.

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