Our Chicken Plucker – Video #1 of 2

Hi this is Troy at Chick-a-Woof Ranch! This is the chicken plucker. I’ve been working on it for a couple weeks I just put the proper belt on it I wanted to show you what I have before i put it all back together and see if it really works I apologize for not making any videos for the past several weeks I’ve been working on this and we’ve had 8 baby goats this season and that has all happened in the last couple weeks so we’ve been really busy with the baby goats and and actually hatched out some chickens again a few days ago so and some today Any way what i wanted to do was… i got it together and turned it on to make sure it wasn’t going to explode everything seems to be working good I wanted to put together the bucket with you on the video just to see how it goes yeah, so let’s get started So what I’m gonna do first here is I’m gonna put the actual table on this and before i put the bucket on and see if it is centered correctly and if it’s not gonna fly off of there let’s do that now Alright, before we put the “spinning wheel of death” on there I wanted to give you a kind of walkaround of what I have here So, I’ve got the motor here and I believe it is a 1/4 horse motor and I got it from… actually my mother she had it in her barn and think she has had it for a while she gave it to me most of everything that you see here is built out of scraps or what i had lying around with the exception of a few things I bought the 4 x 4 posts and what I did with those If you can see there… yeah you can see there I chaphred off the side there (I think that’s the proper term) so the barrel will fit down inside of… each one of those is done So the barrel will fit right down inside there and the barrel has a hole where the post goes in right thru there and I did buy that pulley off of AMAZON. It’s a 12 inch pulley and I wanted to change this pulley out to a smaller one so it would slow down the speed a little bit but I for the life of me can not get that pulley off of there I could probably buy a tool to pull it off but right now I am just trying to figure out if this is really going to work so we will leave that on there for now let you see what’s going on here. and I’ll get around to the back side here show you how everything is attached so there is one of the bearings that one is also attached… very securely there is also a bearing… right up here So, really i went a really simple design I didn’t want to over complicate it but yeah if you are in the market to build one you definitely can see and watch the rest of the video and see if this going to work for you but this is what I have put together from what everyone else has done and i did it as simply as I could with what I had obviously I had to buy the belt So I’m gonna get a piece of plywood and make a ramp That took a couple tries. I went to the automotive store twice. I thought i measured it correctly but evidently you have to add 2 inches to whatever you measure eventually it worked out OK and that is just a lawnmower quality belt i do not know if that means it is better or worse than an automotive belt it’s kind of expensive Alright, so let me plug it in and I will show it running just the way it is now Hold on just a second Hi Buddy! Alright, so I am going to plug it n here Can you stand back a little bit buddy? you stay right there? Alright i am going to plug it in with one hand and hold the camera with the other yeah scary! So there it is running Like I said. I just plugged it in today Got the belt on and there you go… ok So now we are going to put that on and then I’ll show you how it runs Ok, so I wanted to show you this is the bottom of the barrel that i cut out as the spinning platform it’s got this… I don’t know what they used it for in the barrel design but probably for strengthening the barrel That was a little bit of a concern of mine but we will see how it works The only part i had a little trouble with and I had some friends help me out with Thank you Jerry and Chris for helping me out with this I took this collars that i got (mounted on both sides, you can buy those at tractor supply) I also got this… I think that is called a collar also but i just mounts onto the rod and it’s got the two set screws Well, I had to have Jerry turn down this collar to fit inside the other collar and then I had Chris weld it up for me. So, Thank you guys for doing that! So let’s go ahead and get it on OK, so we are going to plug it in and see what happens Like said this is the first time, so if something happens bad then you will see it on camera Alright let’s try it out Alright here we go Alright well it looks like it is working pretty good, it’s a little wobbly and it looks like the (if you can tell) Looks like the fingers are kind of spread out with centrifugal force So, I think that is ok, I think we are good So, let’s go ahead and get the barrel on and we’ll try it that way also standby Alright so here we go we are going to put the barrel on here it is This a 30 gallon barrel I went 30 because of the motor that i have I only have a 1/4 horse power and i wanted to make sure that the motor that i had could handle everything so i only went with a 30 gallon barrel I got the barrel locally, it actually had Dr. Pepper in it it still smells like Dr. Pepper smells pretty nice anyway it’s already got all the fingers in it… already As you can see, it’s got the hole cut in the middle I tried to put a grommet in there Uh, but, I could not, it binds up the shaft Too much and I wanted it turn freely. So I just left the grommet off And whatever water comes out through the shaft we will just have to deal with I went with somebody else’s design online And I just have one exit for the water and the feathers So we will see how that works and I will show you how that works. Lets get this barrel on and We’ll go from there and see what happens So I just have the barrel mounted to the 4 x 4 posts with some decking screws. So I got 6 deck screws , 3 in each so that would actually make 12 So now we have to put in the wheel of death. So there’s our shaft down there Get you focused here (camera focusing) So then just kind of put it in sideways here. Push it down in there. Hi Buddy. And it’s on. All right so now I just gotta put the set screws on there and then we’ll try it out. The reason I went with this design is the one exit design was you can stick you hand up in there and set that screw. Those two set screws. With one hand. So, I’m not going to be able to do that here with the camera. But uh this another way I thought out the whole thing So let me get that set. So alright I’ve got the set screws in there and I’ve got the camera on the tripod here. So I’m gonna go ahead and plug it in. And we’ll see how the finished product works for the very first time. All right so lets plug it in. A little dust. Wow I think it’s gonna work awesome What do ya think buddy? Is it gonna work? What do ya think? Yeah that’s an ouchy All right Mr. White What are we gonna do next? Well what we’re gonna do next here is I need to build some sort of guard. For this pulley so we don’t accidentally get some hair caught in there or a pant leg or something So I’m going to get a piece of plywood and make a ramp It’ll kind of keep the water off of the motor also What do ya think Buddy, I think it’s gonna work? So anyway, pleased with the project so far I apologize for uh I wanted tor bring you along as I built it But since I am a new “you tuber” my skills in fabrication are sketchy at best. But I find myself wanting to think things through more than actually doing But once I actually figure out where to start it’s really not hard from there for me. But it was hard to get started on this project and getting all the parts and pieces together was difficult also Some of these things I didn’t have laying around, like the fingers Of course those came off of Amazon also I think they were $60 for 150 of them something like that Anyway I have quit a few left over I probably used a little over half Anyway, another thing about this motor, that I’m gonna have to be careful with If you’ve noticed it’s got these oiling points right here on the sides This motor is not really intended to be ran vertically like you see here So we’ll have to ….. when we’r running this be sure and tip it over every once in a while and put some oil in there So when I’m building the guard to keep people from getting hurt by the belt I will have to make a hole so we can get into that guard or into that oiling point So I guess that’s all for now, I’m gonna go ahead and see if I can’t whip up something for a guard here and we’ll go from there Oh, I just about forgot something Here is one of the most important features of this…. is my 5 gallon bucket. So what I’ve done If you can see I’ve put a bunch of holes in this 5 gallon bucket and it fits right underneath here. And what the bucket will do is when the water and the feathers come out They will go into the bucket And it will keep the feathers from going all over the yard And it will be a little cleaner that way, less clean up So that’s another idea I stole off of Youtube “Borrowed” from YouTube So thank you YouTube community for that I think that’s going to work out great because if you have ever tried to pickup a couple million feathers out of your grass… it isn’t going to happen really Alright, well let me get that guard back on and I will get back to you I found an old piece of piano hinge I think it was a 6 foot piece and i bought it for $1.95 at sometime Anyway, I found this piece laying around This will give us a little flexibility with the oiling points so, I’ll put a pice of plywood on here and that way if we ever need to get to the motor, we can easily rotate it up Alright let’s go on to the next one. Alright, here is what i ended up with. Just ran some bolts through a piece of plywood and now you can lift it up and access the motor and i also put this 1 x 1 board in here To keep the plywood up off the pulley here It’s about a 2 inch clearance there so i think that should be good. Alright so here we go with the final test. I’ve got a 2 liter bottle in here and it’s mostly full of water I think it mostly felt about like a dead chicken So let’s plug it in and try it out. I’ve got my safety glasses on. So, not sure what’s gonna happen… this is an old 2 liter bottle and it may break apart, I don’t know. Let’s check it out and see. Alright here we go. Let me get my extension cord …and here we go Ok, so that didn’t work So, let’s get it rolling Let’s get it started and throw it in and see what happens. Again, didn’t work. Alright let me turn it off. Hmmmmmm I may need to put more fingers down low. Looks like it is getting caught In these gaps here. So uhhhh I may put a few more fingers in. Let’s do that. Alright, so it looks like we need one… Here and over here So I will show you how I have done this This is just a 3/4 inch paddle bit. and these are what the fingers look like and if you have never done this before pulling all of these thru in one day, will make your hands hurt. It is a lot of work and they super tight to get in there but obviously you don’t want them to come out. and they are terrible to get back out absolutely terrible So, i wouldn’t advise trying to get them back out. So let’s cut one here and i will show you how to pull it thru Got one there and… looks like one here So you just take it, hook it thru the backside and then mostly you pull down on it really hard and then just kind of work it back and forth until it pops in there just like that and I’ll do this one and I’m looking at it cause there is one on the other side i need to do ok, so there is one there I am going to put one over here on this side I don’t know if you can see that but I will turn the camera off and do that one and then try the bottle again Alright here we go again I’m differently going to try throwing it in while it’s going cause that is probably what we will be doing so i’ll turn it on here and then we are gonna drop it in and it got stuck again Well… you know what i’m gonna try… something a little different, maybe I might get a towel and wrap it up with some rubber bands and soak it down maybe that would be more like a chicken cause this is not really like a chicken, obviously It’s putting black marks on the plastic. Let me think of something else and I will get back with you standby Ok I thought of something here, when we do the chickens you spray them down with water So we are kind of using the water as a lubricant to pull off the feathers so we are going to try that too What’s probably happening here is the bottle is sticking to the fingers cause the fingers are made of rubber obviously and they are kind of grabbing on to the bottle so if we use the water as a lubricant let’s see if that will help so we’re obviously setup outside as you can tell it’s another windy day in Kansas I’m gonna turn it on and turn on the water and throw the bottle in… so here we go well it stuck again Well it did a little better but you see what’s happening here is they are going they are going into the side The hose there was spraying us… that’s awesome Looks like you got a little something right there Alright so, let’s try it again just to make sure Ok, I put 4 more of the fingers in So, let’s try it again Again, sorry about the wind noise huh Well? Let’s try something else Alright, so I got a towel and i wrapped it up I predict it’s gonna come apart on us but It’s kind of a little more squishy and flexible like a chicken would be So let’s try it Alright, I’ll plug it in and let’s go Alright take your bets on what’s gonna happen ok well you can see that we still had some problems with the towel So I think what’s going on here is that for one I think the… electric motor is under powered Like I said it’s a 1/4 horsepower I think has to be at least a 1/2 or a 3/4 horse So i’ll look into swapping with somebody or upgrading… I’m not sure also I’m sure it would help if I had a smaller pulley on this end that would slow down the wheel from turning so fast I don’t know how much it would slow it down but getting the smallest pulley that you can would probably help quite a bit I guess this is going to be a 2 part series video so stay tuned to see what’s going to happen If you have any suggestions or comments that might help. Please let me know just write down below and if you want to private message too, that’s fine Thanks for watching the video and thanks for helping if you can and we will get this running no matter what cause we’ve got some meat chickens that we’ve got to butcher at the end of April which is about in 3 weeks so we’ll have to figure this out before then Thanks for watching! Bye!

38 thoughts on “Our Chicken Plucker – Video #1 of 2

  1. Gates Belt! 🙂 We have been really thinking about building one our self. Wish you were closer, got a puller that would get that off in no time. You can often rent them for free from auto shops. Really enjoyed seeing your setup. I was thinking about doing it with metal but you have made me take a second thought on that. Thank you for sharing! I wonder if you shorten the fingers on the side would help.

  2. If you have one laying around, could you just put a hammer drill on the bottom and tape the trigger down. That is
    what i would try.

  3. great project dale. I want to try this once I got back to the Philippines. but the problem is that I dont know the name of that black thing that you use for your plucker. please me the spec.and complete name of material you and the store possible were I can buy that. thanks and God bless.

  4. You Need To Assume The Avarage Size Of Chiken And Then Adjust The Length Of Feather Plucking Fingers And Nos. Of Them, I presume. Then Itmay not struck the motor and overload it.

  5. Good job. Thank you for showing it in detail I wish more people would do that we're all trying to learn I think you'd be best for the one horse motor and the bottle is two solid where the chicken will be limp if you had more speed I think you'll do good

  6. I like How you keep trying…
    I know this is part one…but I think it needs to be a "pass through" device…
    Water to wash away debris…

  7. Is the motor a single phase or three phase ?
    what is the horsepower of the motor?
    wanna do same for my final year project.

  8. Great video. I learned a lot. So much better when you show the mistakes. I want to build one and I’ve saved a bunch of time by learning from you. Thanks

  9. We have basically the same chicken plucker. It made it so much easier to process chickens and next year we want to sell some meat birds. What's yours favorite way to cook a chicken?

  10. The problem is with the electric motor, its under power, getting a 2horsepower electric motor will fix everything. Your design is perfect.

  11. It's too late for your build but for others that will attempt DIY Chicken Pluckers.
    When installing those plucker fingers…
    1) use a step drill. Smoother holes. Spade bit always leaves a ragged, raised lip on plastic I've tried to drill.
    2) Apply liquid dish soap around the "bulge" above the finger's installation groove. That little bit of lube will ease pulling those fingers in place.
    3) wear gloves to save your hands while pulling on those finger ridges.

  12. Good Job, but I think it's spinning a bit fast. Invest in a puller to get that pulley off and replace it with a smaller one if needed. Best Wishes, and keep that little fella safe around moving machinery.

  13. after watching so many successful videos, yours made me laugh.. i would have felt better about your effort if you had used an actual chicken. i hope you were successful in the next video.

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