Sunday, April 12, 2009

Plucky and Lucky

Cadence found a chicken plucker for sale on Craigslist. She is determined to process her broiler chickens herself, so this was a piece of equipment she really wanted and it sounded like a great deal.

Thursday morning we drove up to Shakopee to pick it up. It is a Schweiss Chicken Plucker, lightly used. The man selling it was slightly regretful--after he listed it for $75 he discovered they sell new for $500 not including the motor. He was very nice, though, and demonstrated how it worked. It is simple and surprisingly quiet. It has a drum with flexible rubberfingers poking out all over it. You rotate the dead chicken over the drum and the rubber fingers pull out the feathers. Here is a video demonstration --if you aren't put off by dead naked chickens.

3 comments:

nancybond said...

Uh, yuck? It's very efficient, I suppose. :-)

Donna said...

Growing up on a farm, I helped my Grandma and Mother pluck many chickens and they didn't have a contraption like this in those days. Donna Bussell

alex216 said...

I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.
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