Process your homegrown chickens faster and easier with a DIY chicken plucker. This version is made from an old washing machine!
If you’re raising chickens for meat, the processing can be quite time-consuming and labor-intensive. Any tools that can speed up the job will come in very handy! One such implement is a chicken plucker. If you’ve ever plucked a chicken, you probably know that they have way more feathers than you ever imagined! Plucking can take a long time if you’re doing it by hand. However, using a plucker can make things much faster and easier.
If you have the money, you can buy a chicken plucker, or split the cost with another homesteader. They will run you several hundred dollars, but it may be worth it if you plan to process a lot of chickens.
However, you can also make your own chicken plucker for a lot less cost. Some plans are more complicated than others, but it is possible to make a simple one with just a few supplies.
Here is an example from WeedEmAndReap.com of how to make a chicken plucker out of an old washing machine – plus some problems to watch out for if you are using this method: