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Anyone Can Build a Tub-Style Mechanical Chicken Plucker Paperback – May, 2003
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"The plan book is such a good resource...that BackHome now carries it in its plans stock" -- BackHome magazine, July/August 2002
"the construction process [is] explained so clearly that even a rank amateur should be able to build their own." -- American Pastured Poultry Producer's Association, newsletter #20
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Paul & Linda Hawley
Millenial Eve Organics LLC
To save money, buy your hardware lag screws, etc at a Tractor Supply. They sell by the pound and that will save you big $$$ over using Home Depot or Lowe's. Belts, pulleys and pillow block bearings can also be found on line for very cheap. One of the reviewers here quoted prices at least twice as expensive as I found.
Good luck and happy plucking!
If you have a lot of hardware, lumber, a plastic barrel and an old motor laying around your cost will be much less. The metal connecting hardware (lag bolts, screws etc) cost around $100 alone. Rather than buying the working parts from several places online and paying separate shipping I just bought everything I could direct from the author -- fingers, tub plastic, bottom plate and rod predrilled and ready to assemble, flywheel.
Putting in the fingers, especially in the bottom plate, can be difficult. We soaked them in hot, soapy water and used channel-lock pliers to pull them through. Grasp the finger and brace the top of the plier head on the plate pulling it sideways, then get a grip further down the finger and do the same in the opposite direction, until they pop into place.
We put a 1hp motor in (that itself was over $200) instead of the 3/4hp the book recommends but it still bogged down on a large turkey -- when I say large I mean about 40 lbs! For chickens it worked fantastic. I process alone so could only scald and pluck two at a time. 30 seconds or so and they were plucked naked except for occasionally a few feathers still hanging on to the wingtips, tail or in the "armpits". If you leave them in too long the fingers will start to beat the skin off...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My homesteading partner read this cover to cover. He followed every step and had the exterior of the plucker constructed and painted within 2 days. Read morePublished 21 days ago by May Woodworth
Some of the info is getting dated, and wished he used better pictures/drawings but I figured it out. If you need a place to start then this is the place to start.Published 2 months ago by RicksDIY
Delivers as promised. If you want to build one, this is the book to have. Finished result works as advertised as well, kept the wife and me in the chicken business after we'd... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul E. Fox
Very good info in this book, will be building a plucker very soon.Published 3 months ago by John Leunen
I finally got all the parts and got it put together but only some of the parts come with the kit. It is really strange which parts are left out. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Classic
Fun to read even if you don't ever plan to process your own chickens!
Mr. Kimball writes a honest, down-to-earth "how to guide" to building a tub style chicken plucker... Read more