ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Build A Home Made Chicken Plucker

Updated on April 13, 2012

So you want to build a chicken plucker?

I decided to build a chicken plucker after butchering 10 broiler chickens one year, It took me all day long , and the hardest guessed it plucking the darn things! So I started checking the internet and found a guy that had built a drum style chicken plucker from stuff around his house. I decided that this was the way to go for me, I found this guys web site and ordered the plans and a starter kit of the most hard to find components of the plucker. And this is the story of my chicken plucker build out, i hope you enjoy it.

Gathering Materials

Pieces And Parts

First off a preliminary list of materials :

- The tub: Made from a 55 gallon food grade poly drum

-The Plucking Fingers: This is a specialty item, I don't know what you would make these from, ordering seems like the only way!

-Feather Plate: made from aluminum or thick plastic, you will need to drill holes for the plucker fingers in this plate.

-Drive Shaft: Connects to the feather plate and is driven by the electric motor

-Electric Motor: Use a motor that is fully enclosed and capacitor start, there will be water near them, think safety!

-2 Pillow Block Bearings: Allows the shaft to spin

- Pulleys and Belts: More of the drive system

-A GFCI Extension Cord: water and electricity don't mix!

After a thorough reading of the plans, I set out to gather the materials I needed to put this Plucker together. The starter kit included an aluminum plate, the shaft, the 125 rubber plucking fingers...these guys do the lion share of the work, and a large pulley wheel. I gathered several 8 foot 2x4's and a couple 8 foot 2x6's, all untreated wood. I had a large food grade 55 gallon plastic drum that I was going to use for a rain barrel but I thought that this project would be more useful at the time. We gad to order a farm grade electric motor, the one I was going to use burned up during testing, it was old I guess! And assorted screws washers and miscellaneous hardware!

When all these parts were gathered up I re-read the how to manual again, I felt confident that I was ready for any speed bumps!

Wanna Raise Chickens For Food or Eggs?

Building The Frame

Completed Frame
Completed Frame

The frame holds the whole works together, it's a simple affair made of wood but it is probably the most important part, short of the actual plucker fingers.

The frame is basically 4 main 2x4 posts held together with 8 2x4 cross members, I bolted mine together to make it extra strong.

The across the bottom the two 2x6's are what holds the shaft vertical to connect to the large pulley wheel and then to the motor!

The Frame

Click thumbnail to view full-size
The two pieces of the frame before being connected.Third side connected
The two pieces of the frame before being connected.
The two pieces of the frame before being connected.
Third side connected
Third side connected

The Completed Chicken Plucker - Totally Assembled

Top View Of The Chicken Plucker
Top View Of The Chicken Plucker

After all that here is the completed model, ready to pluck 20 or 30 broiler chickens in a day.

You can see the detail of the plucker fingers, and the motor mounts at the bottom. Also note the idler pulley that keeps the belt tensions and in the groove, it's an important part.

New Guestbook Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Lynn V. 

      3 months ago

      how much did this apparatus cost you?


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)