Washing machine plucker

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lilwhispers, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. lilwhispers

    lilwhispers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone built a plucker out of an old washer if so where can I get the plans? I have 2 old washers in my basement and would like to convert at least one maybe both. I am hoping to raise 100 chickens this coming year 50 auracanas and 50 cornish cross. I HATE (with a passion) plucking, it is so much easier to skin em but if I had a plucker than I could still have that crispy skin, mmmmm.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think this is what the OP was talking about...

     
  4. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone actually built one of these, besides the guy in this video?

    We want to build one but don't have any idea about the motor and switches and stuff; do you just use the washer motor? And rewire the switches to the front?
     
  5. lokua

    lokua Out Of The Brooder

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    I am currently in the process of building one. I have seen many that basically just put a normal pulley driven whizbang plucker inside the drum of a washer. Mine actually uses the motor and transmission that came with the machine. While this option is definitely cheaper it is harder to make and I worry about the durability of the motor and plastic gears. I had to remove the center shaft that drove the agitator and shorten the outer shaft that drove the drum. I also had to shortened the bushing this shaft rides in to put my featherplate as low as possible in the drum. I completely removed the factory controls and just hard wired the slow speed spin cycle directly to power and installed a typical household light switch to turn it on and off. (Start with a working machine and figure out where power goes when its running the cycle you want.) My featherplate construction was identical to a normal whizbang (possibly the hardest part of this project). I used a sprocket from TSC as a flange and bolted it to the featherplate so it can attach to the shaft. It should be done in the coming weeks and I have found a few spent hens from a local farm to be my "test subjects". More in its performance to come.
     
  6. jmfunnyfarm

    jmfunnyfarm New Egg

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    Do you have pics of your finished product?
     

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