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September 22, 2015, 10:38:08 AM
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Fat Daddy

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I can't tell ya how bad I hate pluck'n chickens.... I MEAN, I HATE PLUCK'N CHICKENS!! I'v been talk'n bout build'n one of these for a while and figured now was as a time as any.... Started lay'n out the plan and order'n parts a couple weeks ago. I see no reason to reinvent the wheel till iv drove it a while, so I picked a design that seems to work.



Parts have started come'n in now.... I'll put up pix as the project moves forward...
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September 22, 2015, 11:23:04 AM
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LittleBit

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Cool!  thumbs up We skinned the roosters, but I'd love to see how hard it is to build one of these.  I know you keep good records of "how to".....Maybe if we ask you nicely  ;), you'll show us how to build it and what material it takes.......Can't wait to see it finished and working. How many have you processed already? 
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September 23, 2015, 02:59:54 PM
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Well I cut my barrel for the body of the plucker. If you look at the video, they tend to buckle and curl out of round when ya cut the top and bottom out of them. I decided to try and leave the bottom mostly in tact for this reason. I will have to open up a spot to let feathers and water out. But Ill work that out farther down the line.... I cut mine at 21" tall and its a 55 gal drum.....




It seems that most like a 3/4 HP motor for these and the 1725 RPM with a 5/8ths shaft size looks to the weapon of choice for power.... If you shop ebay and the like for one of these you want a single phase motor. there are alot of 3 phase motors out there and most dont have 3 phase power at home....



September 23, 2015, 03:35:31 PM
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Peacerose

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I wonder if a tub from cattle protein lick would work. 

September 23, 2015, 07:04:52 PM
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I think it would dawn.... the feather plates you find for sale are usually 18.5" or 20.5" but you can make them out of wood anysize you want or cut them from alum too...... A 55 gal barrel measures about 22".... The only thing I would watch is the protein lick tub's side tapered like a funnel . It could have a tendency to throw the bird out....
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September 23, 2015, 09:16:44 PM
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The feather plate is the disk that spins in the bottom with rubber fingers in it. Mine is 18.5" and cut from steel plate. its powder coated to keep it clean and rust free. A 20.5" one would have likely been a better choice in hind sight because the gap at the sides between the barrel and the plate. the bigger the gap the more the chances of legs get'n stuck in the gap. but we'll see. If it becomes a problem I have a couple possible fixes in mind.





The feather plate spins on a 1" dia shaft of cold roll steel.  A bit over built but bigger is better says a fat man! The shaft must spin true and solid as a rock. Pillow block bearings are a no brainer here. They are self centering, mount solid and be had cheap. I found these for $14 and change shipped!




The shaft speed is a huge part of whether the plucker works well or tears birds up. A large pulley on the shaft and small pulley on the motor, reduces the gear ratio down from 1725 rpm to about 300. This seems to be the target area. But this is also like down shifting a transmission. The feather plate speed wont pull down even with 2 or 3 birds in it. But if something goes wrong, like a bird or anything gets caught some how. This thing is gonna have the power to pull its self, or a bird apart....




I cant have something this big taking up shop space and not do double duty. I plan on putting a plywood top on the basic frame design below so I can sit a brooder on top of it like a table when I aint pluck'n chickens.




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September 25, 2015, 11:15:56 AM
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I got the Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker frame tacked together today. You can kinda see where Im headed now..... figure carriage bolts and lag screws for the final assembly. I want to get it pieced together and  make sure it will work out before I make it permanent. Paint will be easier before final assembly too.... I plan to run at least 8" wheels on one end to be able to move it around like a two wheel dolly. that will require a handle on one end too. The planned table top will be 48" x 28".....It may be hinged on the 4' side to flip up like a splash board or just be left loose to be set off when in use.... Anyone got any opinions about that?







September 25, 2015, 11:25:58 AM
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Looks great! Sounds like you've thought of everything.  I love the fact of having the table top for the brooder or whatever you want to do with it!  I love the hinge idea for the top too! It would definitely be a plus if you did have a brooder on top and bumped it.  Keep the top from moving. Knowing me, I'd be flitting by doing something else and hit it, knocking the top and whatever it was holding right off!
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September 25, 2015, 01:22:58 PM
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Bill......what kind of hinge would allow you to fold the top over flat against the side? Would that be better than standing up like a splash board?

October 01, 2015, 01:11:15 PM
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Bill......done anything else on the plucker? I'm excited to see it working  :)

October 01, 2015, 01:43:24 PM
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I ain't did much to it lately Susan. Been kinda lazy really. Did get the rubber fingers for it thou, but don't have them installed yet...

November 04, 2015, 05:59:20 PM
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Its been a while since I up dated this.... I aint been real active on this project but I have made some progress.... Lets catch up a bit



above is the frame mostly done and painted....

Below is the tub in the frame and the rubber fingers pulled in place. Installing these suck by the way.... 130 of them all together...





Below is where Im at now... it spins, motor, pulleys, bearings all work great!





I plan to test run it this weekend with a bird or ten..... Ill update then.... Bill

November 04, 2015, 06:44:43 PM
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 11111 LOOKS GREAT! IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!! 1,000 times better than that utube one! I'm jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!
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November 04, 2015, 06:53:42 PM
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P.S.  Quit staying away so long............me and Dawn miss you!  roflmao

November 05, 2015, 03:38:03 PM
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WooHooooo!  Wish I could be there for the inaugeral run!   pop