DIY Turkey Plucker (Warning shows a plucked turkey)

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  1. Bee n There

    Bee n There New Member

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    Had 6 Turkeys to process last weekend and will have a bunch more at Christmas not to mention lots of chickens to go to Camp Kenmore so made a plucker up. Tried a 1/6 hp motor and tested it on an extra rooster with marginal results so decided to upgrade to 1/2HP motor.

    Cleaned up 6 turkeys in a couple hours so we declaired it a "plucking success"
     

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    Iddee New Member

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    I've had whipped potatoes, but never whipped chicken or turkey. :eek: :lol:
     

  3. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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    Do you dip them is scalding water first?
     
  4. Bee n There

    Bee n There New Member

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    Yes, that is about the only way I could imagin trying.

    150f for about 60 seconds until the main flight feathers loosen. Too long and the skin gets soft and is easily torn.
     
  5. Hobie

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    That's ingenious! What are the flailers made out of... rubber strips?
     
  6. Bee n There

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    Thanks, they are rubber bungee cords that had a hump and hole evey 5-6 inches. Fed in from the inside of the drum the hump stops them from flying out. Real simple. Each $2 cord made 4 flails, the pipe fittings were about $12 the rest was salvage I had laying around. Sealed bearing blocks were the expensive part though.

    Problem with these contraptions is finding a place to store them when not in use.
     
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    Glad that wasn't around when us boys were growing up. mom would have found another use for it. :lol: Jack
     
  8. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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  9. Bee n There

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    Yeah, it does leave a mark. Eventually I want to make up a slotted rack on the top so that the birds can be set up on top and moved about supporting the weight. 25lb turkey gets heavy after a couple min.

    Maybe a guard over the motor and belt too... but I'll likely get side tracked on some other projects before that happens. Started ordering parts for extractor build. Also dreaming of some sort of semi automated decapper... Maybe just a miniture version of the turkey plucker.
     
  10. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Watch out what Ideas you float on the forum, I won't say who, but you've got a lot of inventors here who'll snatch your idea and patent it. :eek:
     
  11. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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    Actually, the idea was already patented years ago. You've been able to purchase a motorized "duck plucker" at most major sporting goods retailers, i.e. Cabelas
     
  12. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Gunny,
    So now YOU're the one in trouble---stealing someone else's patent. The lawyers will be after you soon. :shock:
     
  13. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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    I ain't the one that posted it!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Sorry about that Gunny,
    Maybe I should have become a lawyer--"threatening" the wrong guy. :oops:
     
  15. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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    I swear, Your Honor, I'm innocent