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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 ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a few details are missing,like the tube doesn't fit if you already put the fingers in the tub.. the book says to make the frame to fit the tub.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edward S.
Excellent instructions and down to earth language. This book saved me hours of calculating and probably days of rework. If you are building a plucker, this is a must have!!!!Published 1 month ago by David K.
Great book. Easy to follow. But there is 1 mistake in the order in which you put the frame together. The book wants you to put the motor mount board on after the frame is complete. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Derrick Proulx
This book is amazing, It is by far the best out there if you are looking to make a chicken plucker. We built this over a year ago and it is still in perfect working shape. Read morePublished 2 months ago by rhiggins
explains in full detail on where to find the parts and how to put it together.Published 4 months ago by Harry Hackett
I love this book! I have yet to get my husband to build the machine but the blue print is all there.Published 6 months ago by Jackie