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Title: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on September 22, 2015, 10:38:08 AM
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...
Title: Re: Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: LittleBit on September 22, 2015, 11:23:04 AM
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? 
Title: Re: Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on September 23, 2015, 02:59:54 PM
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.....

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/FullSizeRender-7_zpshpfoshue.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/FullSizeRender-7_zpshpfoshue.jpg.html)


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....


(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/FullSizeRender-8_zpspzgdlhk0.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/FullSizeRender-8_zpspzgdlhk0.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Peacerose on September 23, 2015, 03:35:31 PM
I wonder if a tub from cattle protein lick would work. 
Title: Re: Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on September 23, 2015, 07:04:52 PM
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....
Title: Re: Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on September 23, 2015, 09:16:44 PM
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.

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/FullSizeRender-9_zps31ptab0w.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/FullSizeRender-9_zps31ptab0w.jpg.html)



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!

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/FullSizeRender-10_zpsdgapzag4.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/FullSizeRender-10_zpsdgapzag4.jpg.html)


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....


(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/IMG_6601_zpsvfgulykl.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/IMG_6601_zpsvfgulykl.jpg.html)

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.

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/hktakingtwo2theplucker_zpsds6rsxe5.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/hktakingtwo2theplucker_zpsds6rsxe5.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on September 25, 2015, 11:15:56 AM
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?

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/plucker%20frame2_zpsl3wyl6ck.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/plucker%20frame2_zpsl3wyl6ck.jpg.html)


(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/plucker%20frame_zpsfjfvta8a.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/plucker%20frame_zpsfjfvta8a.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: LittleBit on September 25, 2015, 11:25:58 AM
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!
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: LittleBit on September 25, 2015, 01:22:58 PM
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?
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: LittleBit on October 01, 2015, 01:11:15 PM
Bill......done anything else on the plucker? I'm excited to see it working  :)
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on October 01, 2015, 01:43:24 PM
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...
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on November 04, 2015, 05:59:20 PM
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

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/pframe_zps4eehs9pr.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/pframe_zps4eehs9pr.jpg.html)

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...

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/ptub_zpstoaszali.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/ptub_zpstoaszali.jpg.html)

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/pside_zps1fqnhcss.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/pside_zps1fqnhcss.jpg.html)

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

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/pwings_zpsbpvnfv5e.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/pwings_zpsbpvnfv5e.jpg.html)

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/pmotor_zpsi8g4d2on.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/pmotor_zpsi8g4d2on.jpg.html)

I plan to test run it this weekend with a bird or ten..... Ill update then.... Bill
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: LittleBit on November 04, 2015, 06:44:43 PM
 11111 LOOKS GREAT! IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!! 1,000 times better than that utube one! I'm jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: LittleBit on November 04, 2015, 06:53:42 PM
P.S.  Quit staying away so long............me and Dawn miss you!  roflmao
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Peacerose on November 05, 2015, 03:38:03 PM
WooHooooo!  Wish I could be there for the inaugeral run!   pop
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on November 05, 2015, 04:19:12 PM
I got the wheels on today..... I got a switch to put on yet and then im ready for a test run....

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/pwheels%20on_zpsazd9dypu.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/pwheels%20on_zpsazd9dypu.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: LittleBit on November 05, 2015, 06:26:30 PM
 pop We are patiently waiting for the grand finale................ cheers
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Peacerose on November 06, 2015, 11:32:53 AM
Looks better with wheels.  How about a racing stripe and some flames?
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on November 07, 2015, 05:50:01 PM
Well I tested the whiz bang plucker out today.... It worked as well as I had hoped! I ended up dressing 12 huge white cornish cockerels. It actually works better with two birds in it at the same time....  It takes about 30 seconds to pick a bird..... I didnt have water where I set up. I just used a gallon jug and it worked fine. But Ill be adding a water ring spray bar around the top in the future.

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/one%20naked%20cornish_zpslf1dnurs.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/one%20naked%20cornish_zpslf1dnurs.jpg.html)

(http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww263/fatdaddy62/two%20naked%20cornish_zpsyitju3td.jpg) (http://s726.photobucket.com/user/fatdaddy62/media/two%20naked%20cornish_zpsyitju3td.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Peacerose on November 08, 2015, 01:52:32 AM
Bill, you have a lot to be proud of right there!  30 seconds!   bow  11111
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: LittleBit on November 08, 2015, 03:45:39 PM
Wow! Amazing Bill! Not that we expected any less  hi5 Look at the size of those birds!!!!!!
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: MTchickenman on July 05, 2017, 01:49:50 AM
Hopefully, Fat Daddy is watching this thread .... if not, maybe someone else knows the answers to my questions.
1.) From what I can see in the pix, .... with the motor located where it is, and seemingly no cover over it, isn't there a danger of water coming out of the bottom of the plucker and directly into the motor?  Also, it looks like the water just empties out of the bottom of the plucker and onto the ground - If that's so, I'll have to figure out some sort of a platform becuz my ground turns muddy really quick, and then it gets sticky like adobe.
2.) Is there a supplier or outlet somewhere that you can recommend to purchase the Feather Plate? The only one I have found is on Amazon (or was it eBay?) and it was $90. I have some Aluminum plate, but I'd need to know how thick the disk will have to be. It appears, from your description, that there should not be a great amount of distance between the wall of the barrel and the Feather Plate to prevent chicken parts from getting caught - 1/4" OK?
3.) I have some 30 gallon plastic barrels - they are probably smaller than the 55 gal in circumference, but will they be too small (after the fingers are installed) to use for a couple of chickens at a time ... in your opinion? I'll check in tomorrow with an approximate measurement of the diameter.
4.) From the looks of the pix, I think the only part that goes round and round is the Feather Plate, while the sides of the barrel are stationary - right or wrong?
5.) Did you ever get a water spray ring installed, or is it easier to just use a hose and sprayer?
I'll try to PM you if possible, either here or on BYC to get the answers noted.

Thanks much for this build and for showing how it was done. With help from your pix, and some response to my questions, I think I can copy your build!
MTchickenman
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on July 05, 2017, 06:22:24 AM
Good morning MTC... good to have you on the board. The plucker has been in service three seasons now and used a lot. My brother lives on the other end of the same family farm and uses it as much as I do. It works well we have never had issue with water getting to the motor.

I never put the spray ring around the top. We decided that since we always have a hose with sprayer while we butcher anyway, there was just no need for it....

The concern I had about the extra room between the barrel and feather plate was before I installed any fingers. As you can see with them in place it was a non-issue. Occasionally a leg will get down between the plate and the barrel edge. But it's very rare.

I got my feather plate on eBay. It's 3/16" and powder coated. I don't remember the price but it was pretty pricey. All said and done I have around $300 in it I remember right.

If I built a another, I'd cut more of the bottom out of the barrel. Maybe another 1". I still feel that leaving some bottom in it helps keep it round. But you have to watch for a feather build up, between the barrel and cross brace, after a dozen birds or so. It's no issue to rake them out with your hand, but if it were opened up they would be swept away.

I would also make the legs about 3" taller. We do a lot of birds at one time. The feather pile builds up tall
Enough to start getting into the belt on the bottom if you don't deal with them. I generally just slide it over a few feet in the driveway, and it's no problem. I use it in the gravel driveway and mud has never been a problem. We actually did do a couple dozen birds in my brothers park once. It's a mower up grassy area. That was no problem either... hope this helps you with your build! Bill
Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: Fat Daddy on July 05, 2017, 06:28:44 AM

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Title: Re: Build a Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker
Post by: MTchickenman on July 05, 2017, 10:27:37 AM

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Thanx for the comeback ..... somewhere in your commentary, I believe you suggested that a person could use plywood ..... my aluminum plate is only about 1/16", so I'll cover some plywood with it until I can afford a good feather plate - that'll have to do for a while!
BTW, the 30 gal barrel is 19" across.
I may have more questions as I proceed, but for now, I think I can deal, with the info I have.
Thanks,
MTchickenman