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>
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?)
electrical switch and box
GFI: we are missing water and electricity, don’t use this with a GFI:
The frame is just put together from 2×4’s, plywood and drywall screws.