Processing Perfect Poultry


Which Plucker is the best for me ?

There are many Pluckers you can buy on the market.

Like : Drill Powered, Whizbang Plucker, The Quicker Plucker, Featherman Pro, Brower, Dux Table Top.

Drill Powered DIY - Good idea for a hunter & rather cheap .

Whizbang plucker - This is an amazing DIY tool. If you can build one under $200 - $400 this will be my top pick. ( I built one but it cost me over $750 )

The Quicker Plucker or the Featherman Pro are both very good equipment .

Dux Table Top - economical option for small operations.

How do I Prepare the Chicken for Slaughter?

Birds that are to be slaughtered should be taken off feed long enough before processing (about 12 hrs) to allow the crop and intestinal tract time to empty. A full digestive system increases the chance of contamination of the carcass during removal of the viscera. Birds should be caught and placed in crates or coops during the night to avoid excitement and possible injury of the birds prior to slaughter.

Processing of Poultry (how hot should I have the water temperature?)

This really depends on your personal experience and your preference. Some people use 125-130 degrees F; others prefer 140-150 degrees F. I know some people have said 148 degrees is best. Others have said they can successfully scald in water up to 155 degrees F. I do not necessarily disagree with either of those claims. The most important thing to understand about water temperature is that you do not need an exact temperature in order to get an exact scald. But you need to be in an optimum temperature range. Shoot for 145 to 150 degrees and you will be in the optimum range. In time, you may find that a little cooler or a little hotter is more to your personal taste. Also depending on the size, age, and breed of the bird you may need a different temperature. After a couple of dunks, you may need to perform a feather pull test. This test is performed by selecting one large wing or tail feather and pulling it. Whatever method is used, the birds must be properly bled. No scalding should be done before all movement has stopped.

Feather Removal Rate - Why will the equipment only remove 50%, 60%, or 80% of the feathers?

If the processing water temperature is optimal, the equipment will usually remove 90-98% of the feathers.

Check your water temperature .

Check the plucker fingers. (If they are worn out, they will need to be replaced.)

Birds should be plucked immediately after scalding.

Do not overload the plucker (too many birds at one time.)

Skin damaged / damaged birds ?

Check your water temperature.

Check the plucker fingers.

Water may be too hot.

Too much time in the mechanical picker.

You may experience a damaged bird only 1% - 3% of the time when using a tub plucker. They still cook up and taste great, even with a broken leg / wings.

All you have to do is properly scald the birds before plucking them.

Guidelines to be most successful

Pluck More Than One Bird At A Time (2 to 3 are best)

Perform a feather pull test.

Do not “polish” the birds by leaving them in the plucker longer than needed.

Add Water - Once the birds are in the tub and tumbling, you should spray water on them.

Pluck your birds immediately after scalding.

If your ( 1 ) chicken is properly scalded, it will pluck clean in a 15 to 20 seconds . If the chickens are not sufficiently de-feathered within 30 seconds at most, they were not properly scalded. Don’t continue to pluck the birds. Stop the plucker, hand-pluck the remaining feathers.

There are many websites and books you can find (How to scald a chicken/poultry) .

Do some homework and research .

Warranty ?? What is Covered ??

Limited 90 day Warranty

For the period of 90 days from the date of original delivery, we will replace any part of the plucker which fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship. During this limited 90 day warranty, we will provide, free of charge, exchanged parts to replace the defective part.

(All defective parts must be sent back for exchange replacement.) If the part is not available or in stock, it may take up to 60 days for replacement. What is not covered? The 90 day warranty will not cover a motor that is improperly properly (for example due to, but not limited to, water damage, electric overload or capacity overload), or worn out plucker fingers.

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