• Pharr says:

    That chicken plucker is incredible, I haven’t seen one before. The only time I ever plucked was about 30 years ago

  • R Morgan says:

    My Chicken Plucky watched this and is inconsolable now…

    In all seriousness what is the name of that chicken plucker

    • R Morgan says:

      I looked this up…

      The plucker is the Featherman Pro and retails for $1060 ($150 shipping) and is the electric one.

      They make a non electric one that can run on a gas motor with pulleys etc for $875 ($100 shipping) and you have to buy the motor/pulleys on your own but to size them to run around 175rpm same as their electric model for a gentle pick.

      The Kill stand with 8 cones is also form the same retailer (featherman.net) and runs $580 ($110 shipping).

  • Joshua Sloan says:

    Links to suppliers for the equipment that you chose? That is a newer/cooler version chicken plucker than I have seen before. Do you spray everything down with bleach or some other disinfectant as part of the cleanup?

  • Wow that is a great set-up can’t wait to see how the batch of 170 go.

  • Your back will thank you if you get a higher cutting table before you do 175 chickens. If your going to stand, optimal height is about 1-4 inches lower than elbow level.

    • Jorja E says:

      I’m thinking back problems for the guy scrunched down doing the neck cuts too. Are the cones on some kind of extendable pole or some such? Pretty impressive set-up, for sure! My only experience with processing chickens is the hatchet/stump/scald & hand-pluck which was probably my all-time least-favorite chore as a kid. The cones seem to be a much less traumatic experience for the birds too, even though they die a bit slower?

    • Ashley says:

      Rubber pads on the ground are nice too, especially if your killing on cement, and/or muck boots, they are much more comfortable than regular rubber rain boots

  • R Morgan says:

    My last question is just what type of scalder did you use? Is it constant temp or is it just a propane burner

  • Billy says:

    Thanks for these videos! There are so many things that I hear about and have no experience with that these help understand. My only experiences were the “hatchet/stump/scald & hand-pluck” method as well, although not my least favorite chore as a kid! Keep up the great work and for the other comments with the names and descriptions of the equipment.

  • aayla says:

    If you do this commercially, will you have to build an ‘approved’ building something like a dairy and get health dept. involved?

  • @aayla – That is very dependent on where the birds will be sold. If they are sold on farm the regulations are usually pretty loose but there is also usually limit to the number of birds you can do per year. If they are sold off farm but in the same state then you need to meet the state standards and laws. If they are sold out of state then you have to meet the federal standards.
    It can get a bit complicated depending on your state, and you dont want to get it wrong so make sure you know the laws for where you live.

  • Jesse – Any idea if that plucker would take out the pin feathers on a duck?

  • Jake says:

    Jorja,
    I went to Jack’s workshop which included how to process a chicken… we processed about 50 chickens that day… We did not have the cones, but we did hang them from their feet from two small cords that allowed them to hang down into a 5 gallon bucket. We you make the cut, it has to be with a razor sharp knife… you make two cuts – one on each side of the neck on the vein. With a razor sharp knife and making the cuts very quickly (back to back) the bird hardly even knows it was cut… because it is down in the bucket (but not touching the bottom, it remains very calm and most did not even flap their wings… a few did. but it was very humane and was a very good process.

  • Dr. Richard says:

    Please post an equipment list and list of suppliers for the equipment…

  • Ashley says:

    Check out ezpluckers, cheaper and more sizes than featherman, I think cconly.com is the online retailer for ezpluckers, as much I have read they’re quite comparable in durability and their quality control ezpluckers are all stainless steel as well

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