Chicken Plucker Machine

 

Here is a Chicken plucker machine that I built to harvest my first batch of chickens.  It was based largely on the plucker I found from the friendly pastures website. This design works great, the only problem I had was that it required a little welding, which I wasn’t set up for. I had to search for some parts that would work without welding.

 

 

I mostly copied the design, though I did a proper design using CAD software. You can get a copy of the plans with dimensions here.

 

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Here is the parts list:

feather plate (made myself)

drive wheel ( made myselt )

drive shaft: <amazon link>

drive belt: <amazon link>

shaft coupling with flange: <amazon link>

plucker fingers:

motor: I salvaged one from an old drill press. I think finding a 1/2 to 3/4 hp electric motor on the used market is super easy.  If you don’t have one to salvage, check craigslist and you’ll likely see a dozen or so under $50.  A new one will cost $150 to $200, this one should work. ( shaft diameter?)

motor pulley:

barrel:

frame:

electrical switch and box

GFI: we are missing water and electricity, don’t use this with a GFI:

wheels:

axles:

 

 


 

 

 

finished_plucker

 

The frame is just put together from 2×4’s, plywood and drywall screws.

assembling_frame

Featherplate

drilling_plucker_wheel

featherplate2


drilling_plucker_wheel_2

barrel

 

drive wheel

 

 

 

 

 

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