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Product Details

  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Whizbang Books (May 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0972656448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972656443
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kimball assumes the reader knows nothing and walks you through the entire [construction] process" -- Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, Sept/Nov 2002

"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

About the Author

Herrick Kimball is a chicken-pluckin' inventor and author. He lives in Moravia, New York.

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Customer Reviews

I also bought the author's scalder book but that project will have to wait a few years.
karenbrat1
You need to have some mechanical/builder background to build one of these, but this book does supply great ideas and resources.
Justicedobe
Lots of useful information and lots of pictures and diagrams that makes it easy to read and follow.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
When you buy this book and build this chicken plucker, your life will never be the same when processing chickens! We were certain that this plucker would be better than hand picking feathers. What was so shocking was that this plucker will COMPLETELY pluck two chickens in less than 30 seconds...leaving maybe one or two pinfeathers only! We never expected this, and when we first saw ours in action, it was shocking! No torn skin. You throw two birds in whole after bleedout, and and pull out two naked birds. We bought most of our parts new and building it cost us about $300--an excellent investment!
Paul & Linda Hawley
MillenialEve.com
Millenial Eve Organics LLC
Washington State
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John A. Schmidt on July 13, 2011
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I built this plucker last year and have now used it for several hundred birds including large turkeys. I purchased the welded shaft, featherplate, fingers and flywheel from the author and I can say without a doubt, his parts are of the highest quality! Even if you have no used parts laying around, the total cost and quality of this unit beats any pre-built, mass-produced plucker. It is powerful and efficient.

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!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By karenbrat1 on January 31, 2010
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My husband built this for me last year using the plans in the book and I processed 91 chickens. The plans were relatively easy to follow but it does take quite a bit of time to put it all together. We had no parts laying around so everything had to be bought new and the cost was about $700. However, if you bought a readymade plucker of this size and power, you would have to pay about twice that much (a local friend bought a readymade one which cost over $1200 PLUS shipping).

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...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Homesteading Joe on January 12, 2007
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We purchased this book, followed the plans, built the plucker. It works great. So far we have used it for turkeys. We plan to use it for broilers this spring and it should work wonderfully after seeing how it did with the turkeys.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Carl Puskavich on November 9, 2006
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This book is done in a very easy, simple to follow format. I built this machine in less that two days. The best thing is that it really works just as he said that it would. It has saved us many, many hours of work! What a great book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BBF 460 on December 30, 2011
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Built this plucker in 2 weekends.Get the feather plate kit and fingers from the author, worth every penny!This machine will save you hours of hard work,plucks chickens clean in 30 sec flat, awesome!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Popescu on February 19, 2011
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Followed the instructions and built my chicken plucker with sucess. Have been using it for a couple years now with no problems. LOVE IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Freudenberger on November 12, 2009
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As someone who has made a living writing technical and how-to articles, I can really appreciate Herrick Kimball's work in this book. The parts-sourcing and construction procedure is well explained, the graphics are well illustrated, and the cost won't break the bank. If you've ever priced the "real" mechanical pluckers--even the tabletop models--you'll apprciate what Herrick has done here. We should probably all be sharpening our how-to and build-it skills and work to become more self-sufficient than we are.
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