Who has built a chicken plucker?

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  1. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay to those of you who have built a whizbang chicken plucker or any other style of plucker what advice would you give those who are considering the feat?

    Where did you get your plucker fingers?

    What did you use as a tub and featherplate?

    What size motor?

    What would you do differently?

    Was it worth it?

    Thanks,

    Susan
     
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay to those of you who have built a whizbang chicken plucker or any other style of plucker what advice would you give those who are considering the feat? Do it.

    Where did you get your plucker fingers? Kent Co.

    What did you use as a tub and featherplate? Aluminum plate / sheet rolled and welded. (Not fair I work in metal fabrication)

    What size motor? 3/4 HP as specified.

    What would you do differently? Not much, I installed a V-Belt idler and set it up a bit differently. The WBPlucker Book is pretty well done as far as instructions.

    Was it worth it? Absolutely, 40-50 seconds two birds squeaky clean after getting the scald zeroed in. (The scald was different from RIR to Cornish X, experiment a bit 150* for 50 seconds was the sweet spot for the CX)

    Thanks, You are welcome.

    Susan Don
     
  3. CatCobb1983

    CatCobb1983 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Can u tell me how you build it?I really need one due to grocery's being so high...
    Thanks sooo much,
    Cat [​IMG]
     
  4. Darin115

    Darin115 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the motor. It may be a tad bigger than 3/4 horse power.

    Buzz me when you are ready for it.

    Darin
     
  5. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you Don,

    I have the book and some of the parts. I am pretty sure I will not be using aluminum. I found a link for the featherplate on the Whizbang site. Darin has the motor which I really appreciate. Several of us are going to build together so we can have one we can all use.


    Can u tell me how you build it?I really need one due to grocery's being so high...
    Thanks sooo much,
    Cat [​IMG]

    I bought the book off the cumberland book site but i noticed earlier the whizbang site has scratch and bent books at a reduced price.
     
  6. Peruvian

    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mr. Kimball's Whizbang plucker is terrific. I built one based on his plans and I bought the featherplate, fingers, etc. from him. If you can get a cheap motor, do it! You probably don't need the full 3/4 hp motor if that's the problem. I unfortunately bought a new 3/4 hp motors after turning down a friend's 1/2 hp motor thinking it wouldn't be enough. It would have been and I would have saved $$$$.
     
  7. farm_mom

    farm_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have. Well.....the hubby has! [​IMG] If you'd like to see how he did it (similar to Mr. Kimball....but different as well.) click on the blog link below. He wrote a post on it last week, so just scroll down a bit and you'll find it. Good Luck!
     
  8. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Angie,

    I really liked your web site and blogs. Thank you for sharing. Good info from your husband around building the chicken plucker.

    Susan
     
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  10. farm_mom

    farm_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks Susan, I hope it was helpful. Good luck with your own plucker. They are really handy. I couldn't imagine being without it now! [​IMG]
     

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