Washing machine plucker

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

  1. lilwhispers

    lilwhispers Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    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 Songster

    Oct 6, 2008
  3. Buster52

    Buster52 Songster

    Jan 28, 2009
    Geronimo Oklahoma
    I think this is what the OP was talking about...

  4. maryhysong

    maryhysong Songster

    Aug 24, 2012
    Claypool, Arizona
    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 In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2011
    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 Hatching

    Jan 16, 2015
    Do you have pics of your finished product?

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