who has plucker

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by JohnG, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. JohnG

    JohnG In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2008
    How many use a electric plucker? I have been looking at prices and they are kind of high. Is it really that hard to clean them by hand? I was thinking about using my turkey fryer as a scalder.
  2. John T

    John T In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2008
    SE, IA
    My wife and I hand plucked our last batch of boilers. About 8-10 I think. I didn't think it was hard. The feathers basically came off just by rubbing your hands over the bird.

    I could see getting a elcetric one if you are time-bound and had is get it done quickly.
  3. lynxpilot

    lynxpilot In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2008
    I splurged and bought a Featherman Pro.

    If you scald right, they are incredible. Worst case, you just have to pick a few off of the wings and out of the crevices.

    When all was done right, they went right from the plucker to the gutting table. Not even a pin feather to pick.
  4. freeholdfarms

    freeholdfarms In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2007
    We are building a Whizbang type plucker. Will have $200 in it when finished. Had a lot of stuff that I could use, motor and more. If you need a complete commercial setup check out craigslist for Houston, in farm & garden. Plucker, scalder and other stuff $2500. I've got 50 Red Rangers that are almost ready, another month, but with them out of business... not sure what I will do. Plus I need to do another bunch of chickens later this year, plus turkeys this year. So I'm building.
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    We just scalded and hand plucked... did 19 birds last Saturday, took about 6 hours total. 7-10 seconds in 150-160°F water is all you need. I take them by the feet, and plunk about 7 times, making sure to get the wings all the way in the water. By the time the bird is soaked, they're ready to pluck. Nuthin' to it. [​IMG]

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