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Anyone Can Build a Tub-Style Mechanical Chicken Plucker Paperback – May, 2003
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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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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... I may have scalded them too long though.
I plan to raise all of our family's meat birds from now on so I am very happy to have this machine, because plucking is the butchering chore I hated the most. I also bought the author's scalder book but that project will have to wait a few years. Meanwhile I just use a turkey fryer pot to scald in.
If you cut the bottom it might be easier to squeeze the tube into the frame.. now I don't know..
Will contact the book writer..
I found it straightforward and filled with useful information. I will certainly use it as a guide when building my own.
I could have cobbled together all this information online but I'm glad to pay Herrick a few bucks for this book and have this resource at my fingertips.
The day we fired this plucker up for it's trial run, we actually had several neighbors gather for a demonstration. These were all old-timers who had hand-plucked chickens as children. All were amazed when they saw it in action. Three of us processed 18 chickens in just over two hours from start to finish, thanks in part to the speedy plucking.