September 2, 2013

Poultry processing

We've processed a lot of chickens this year. No where near our USDA exemption limit of 1,000 birds, but definitely more than we've processed in the past.  Greg has a system down of how he handles the birds, how he scalds and plucks them and then how we clean the birds.

Over and over, he has utilized his home-made Whizbang plucker.  He purchased the plans and built it himself. 

We've processed turkeys, Cornish hens and broiler chickens this season. Greg can pluck all three types of fowl in the plucker but the motor is a bit too small for the turkeys. They require a bit of old fashioned, hand plucking.  We haven't tried ducks in the plucker yet.  Ducks are notoriously difficult to pluck.  If we had a duck, we don't plan on raising or selling ducks anytime in the near future.


  1. Wow! Where did you get the plans? Were the parts hard to source?

  2. Greg ordered the building plans for the Whizbang Plucker online. The only thing that would be hard to do is the bottom plate since it has to be drilled.