Have you seen the Whizbang Chicken Plucker on line
and wondered if it is all they say it is? I can assure you
that it is and we will be processing our own meat birds
as we move forward with increasing the flock.
My husband's boss built from the plans in
Anyone Can Build a Tub-Style Mechanical Chicken Plucker
by Herrick Kimball. Tom welded the plate on the bottom which
spins while the rubber fingers do their job. All the specialty parts can
be ordered on line. I have a link to the website below.
We don't have the motor attached while it sits outside; however,
it bolts to the side of the frame and uses a power cord connected
to a switch which is attached to one of the side posts.
After scalding, but not yet cleaning the chicken, you
turn on the plucker and drop 2-4 chickens inside while
spraying water into the tub. As the chickens spin around
inside the tub, the fingers will pull out the feathers which
will be washed out the gap at the bottom, all in a few seconds,
about 15-20 seconds.
When the chickens are plucked you turn off the power.
This contains the complete instructions for making the plucker
and instructions on how to process the chickens. There are also
tips on scalding and cleaning as well.