Homemade chicken pluckers
Once we started raising a lot
of our own meat chickens, it quickly became clear that plucking was the
most time-consuming part of the operation. Luckily, there are
several ways to make your own mechanical plucker and expedite
Mark is currently
experimenting with a washboard-style
The idea is simple --- he installed chicken plucker fingers in the
sides and bottom of a U of plywood (cost --- $20 to $30). You
hand-pluck the difficult wing and tail feathers, then pull the bird
through the plucker a few times, rotating it after each pass. I
was astonished at the efficacy of version 1.0 (even though Mark thought
it needed more work.) Sure, I had to pluck the feathers around
the neck and between the legs after the plucker was done, but I
estimate the washboard plucker saved me about 10 minutes per bird ---
and it doesn't require electricity! I'll keep you posted once
Mark comes up with version 2.0.
Our chicken waterer makes pre-plucking care of your broilers a breeze, providing days' worth of clean water.
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