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November 05, 2015, 04:19:12 PM
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Fat Daddy

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I got the wheels on today..... I got a switch to put on yet and then im ready for a test run....


November 05, 2015, 06:26:30 PM
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 pop We are patiently waiting for the grand finale................ cheers

November 06, 2015, 11:32:53 AM
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Looks better with wheels.  How about a racing stripe and some flames?

November 07, 2015, 05:50:01 PM
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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.







November 08, 2015, 01:52:32 AM
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Bill, you have a lot to be proud of right there!  30 seconds!   bow  11111

November 08, 2015, 03:45:39 PM
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Wow! Amazing Bill! Not that we expected any less  hi5 Look at the size of those birds!!!!!!

July 05, 2017, 01:49:50 AM
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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

July 05, 2017, 06:22:24 AM
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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

July 05, 2017, 06:28:44 AM
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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
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