Rental plucker!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Dogfish, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington

    It turns out that the local conservation district has a complete chicken processing set up that you can rent for $20. Kill cones, scalder, and plucker. I have mine reserved for the weekend of the 18th of June when my chickens turn 8 weeks!

    Someone here suggested checking co-ops, but you might also want to check local conservation districts.

    Feed store just called, my chicks have arrived.

    At that price, I don't think I'll be building my own plucker, other than my drill mounted one for the odd lot of birds here and there.
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  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Thats cheap and great info for next year when I do meaties! Thanks!
  3. aclee

    aclee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2010
    Amesbury, MA
    I'm renting a featherman plucker with one kill cone for $35...I have to do 38 birds, but I still think it's worth it! I also might build the drill plucker in case we do some odd birds here and there, or if we do turkey's in the fall (we would only do a few)...I was excited to find the plucker though.
  4. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Quote:The drill plucker seems like a relatively easy project. But, the last time I killed a couple cockerels and plucked them it went real smoothly. My 11 year-old son and I plucked two birds in about five minutes (including scald time). We each wore the knit work gloves with the textured rubber palms and fingers which seemed to make a big difference.

    My first plucking experience involved one bird and maybe 45 minutes. I was ready for any mechanical help I could get my hands on.

    Anyway, getting the temperature right and having the gloves made it a whole lot easier than the first experience. And, has me thinking that in batches of 10 or fewer there wouldn't be much difference in time between one person using a drill plucker and two people plucking by hand.

    Just something to consider if the desire for a plucker is the result of a bad experience or stories of hard plucks.
  5. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    Oh I'll certainly put my drill mounted plucker to use. Cull birds, ducks, grouse, pheasants and quail we bring home from hunting trips, and teh occassional small batch of birds I try for meaties. I'll also give it a shot on turkeys.

    I like automation, and since it is just me doing the bulk of the work, the easier the better.
  6. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Wow...I wish I could find a plucker for rent, my problems would be solved.
  7. KatieH

    KatieH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2010
    Wow, that's awesome! I wish I could find a plucker to rent around here, I hate plucking.
  8. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    We built a plucker and killing cones this year for our first batch of meaties. We processed them last weekend, and everything worked great. We're considering renting them out, but we aren't sure how to go about it. Did you have to sign a contract or pay a deposit for possible damage to the equipment? I don't think we could rent ours as cheap as what you found.
  9. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    There is a deposit, $25, and a simple contract. I'll see if I can get a blank copy when I rent it. We are considering building a tub plucker, but at $20 a use, once or twice per year for 25-50 bird, it doesn't make sense to build one, and I REALLY WANT TO BUILD ONE.

    We'll see how far I get into this, and maybe I will, but until then, I'll rent one.
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  10. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    $20 sounds like a great price!

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