Post by ladyliberty on Oct 5, 2011 15:08:47 GMT -5
I started selling my meat birds at the Farmer's Market this year and will start butchering next week. I also have a batch going in the brooder that will be ready to butcher in 6-8 weeks. I'm only selling enough to pay for the expense of putting 25 or so in my freezer for the winter. Basically, I need to sell 25 to keep 25 for myself.
Anyway, I digress...
I'd like to make a low cost whizband-type plucker out of a washing machine. I figured I'd get a free washer on craigslist, and use it to practice on (cutting up the drum to separate the "feather plate" from the drum), then buy a cheap used one on craigslist that actually works, and use it for the real thing.
A whizbang plucker will cost about $400 if I buy all the new parts and assemble it myself. But if I make a washing machine one, that will only be the cost of the used washer (about $30), the fingers (about $75) and a few tools possibly to cut the metal drum.
Does anyone have experience with this type of plucker?
DH just bought me an EZ plucker, which is the factory-made version of the whizbang plucker. We butchered our first chickens this morning. I was amazed at how quickly it went! From grabbing the live bird to putting the finished chicken in the cooler took less than 10 minutes, and we were complete novices. I've seen a washing machine version of the whizbang on youtube. It looked like it worked great. Good luck with your project!
I clicked on the link www.cconlystore.com and it came back as not a displayable site. I built a WB plucker and nothing commercially can compare with it for the money, Nothing! Good luck with your washer machine.
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