Plucker Fingers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by June2012, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. June2012

    June2012 Chirping

    May 23, 2015
    I'm looking into building my own chicken plucker but there are some things that have been missing in my research.

    I want to pluck ducks, geese, chickens, and turkeys. I'm going to be making something similar to that of a whizbang but just much cheaper. (I'm making plans right now...won't be making it for awhile tho.)

    While I've been looking things up I've never been able to get a good number of fingers I should be using for my drum style plucker. I know it's more than 50, but I don't want to waste money on fingers I just don't need. Also, I'd like to know what brand of fingers I can use? I love Kent C-25 and they're USDA certified but they're the same time, I don't want to use other brands that aren't usda certified that could kill me in the long run.

  2. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Songster

    May 15, 2015
    I have no idea, we just keep our chickens as pets. Sorry.
  3. TomGallopavo

    TomGallopavo Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    Hillbillyville, MO
    I'm going to build one myself. I have the fingers (can't remember where I got them), some pulleys and bearings, and the motor. I want to do exactly what you want to do and while I can't help you I'll try to remember to let you know how it went.
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  4. June2012

    June2012 Chirping

    May 23, 2015
    Anyone? I haven't seen tuts that explained the # of fingers...
  5. Hiltonizer

    Hiltonizer Songster

    Apr 30, 2011
    Central Maine
    I've been happy with the Lewis Products fingers I used to make a drill plucker, went with them since I knew they were made in the US and thus not some poisonous Chinese material, and were cheap on eBay.

    As far as the #, the whizbang plates take 125. What you'll need is dependent on the size of your drum and how well/quickly you want it to work. You'll want to space them such that there are no gaps in contact in a rotation.
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