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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:20 am 
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Hi all,

I've built my own version of the whizzbang plucker:
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Here's a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Tcx60gNHWI


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:24 am 
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What size is the motor?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:26 pm 
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Looks fantastic! Does it do a good job?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:10 am 
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Hi, the motor is 3/4 hp (550 watt).
As you can see in the video, it does a splendid job, only an occasional feather on the legs or head to remove manually.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:51 am 
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How about a little more info.. Where did your source the parts?
How long did it take you to build?
what was the approximate cost?
if you did it again what would you do differently?

Ive thought about building something similar, but from what i can work out its a 5 or 6 hundred dollar project atleast...


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From the youtube clip,it seems to be very "aggressive" in its action. Do you have any issues with tearing of the skin, and general "beating up" of the bird??


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:25 pm 
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Ooops - I didn't see the video link last time. Watching it, it does a great job!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:10 am 
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How about a little more info.. Where did your source the parts?



Tub, motor, pulley from our local craigslist. The tub is made from a stainless drum. € 30, € 40, € 20 respectively.

Bearings from fleabay, € 30.

Plucker fingers and plans from http://whizbangplucker.blogspot.com/, € 110 and € 20

Steel and aluminium (for the featherplate) from the local scrapyard, about € 60

Belt, stainless fasteners, switch, wheels etc from the hardware shop, € 90.

So in total about €400 in parts alone.

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How long did it take you to build?


Two weeks, but I have to say I never welded before. Also, I bought a plasma cutter for this project. Had to learn how to use itas well. Glad I bought it. Drilling stainless steel is not my idea of fun.
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if you did it again what would you do differently?


I cut the featherplate to small. Not really a froblem, I just placed the fingers as close to the edge as I could.
The feather chute in the bottom of the tub was to small, only 10 cm wide, and it got plugged up with feathers all the time. I doubled it in size, but have run out of chickens to test it on this year. :wink:
My mom kees saying I could pluck a lot of chickens in two weeks. But plucking by hand is no fun, building something on the other hand...


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:15 am 
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From the youtube clip,it seems to be very "aggressive" in its action. Do you have any issues with tearing of the skin, and general "beating up" of the bird??


Not in the ten birds we already processed, no. You do have to bleed them properly, and make sure you scald them correctly (water at 65 °C).


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:39 pm 
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does the plucker have a shoot for the feathers to flow out like i've seen some on ebay?

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