I wanted to build one this winter...then found out our neighbors have one. We were going to borrow it for Saturday (taking down the turkeys) but they are going out of town, and we need to pick it up this afternoon. I can't wait to see it, and see how it works. I want one of my own still, but am every excited to be able to use one first.
These neighbors are so nice, they are willing to lend it to any of the neighbors (they are both college professors, and have the money to purchase it - were the rest of us out here don't) We will be giving them some pork for the use of it. We aren't 'trading' as they were willing to lend it to us without the pork. They did express interest, a year or so ago, to purchase pork from us, but since I do the cutting, I'm not comfortable in selling it. They were going to come help butcher (when I give half of it away) but they weren't available when we were doing it.
I hope to get pictures of it, hope it works like the ones on U tube do.
I think I figured out how to store these things - I'm thinking I'm going to get some of those turkey baking bags, wrap them in that, then put them in trash bags and freeze. If someone has any other ideas on how to freeze these birds, please share.
Gotta get hopping in cleaning out one of the freezers to put them in.
Two People, Two Hours and Twenty Minutes, Five Turkeys in the cooling stage!
Very pleased with the plucker. The 2:20 included the set up and clean up.
A couple of notes - it's a whizbang CHICKEN plucker, doing turkeys you need to take the neck and feet off. - it does work better when we did two hens together, but the toms were just to big to put another bird in with them - we needed to stop it a minute or so into it to get the tail and flight feathers off the wings - again the size of them vs. a chicken - there were some feathers left on the underside of the wings, but they came off very easy. I understand that holds true for chickens also. With chickens, I've been told, that you might break some of the wings, and I can see why now that I've watched the machine work.
The machine it's self - I don't think there is a substitute for the actual 'fingers' I was hoping for a cheaper option than purchasing fingers. - there is a larger gap between the bottom spinning plate and the sides (thus the broken wings - if they get caught between the two) to take the feathers away, than I had thought. - on this one, there is a hose line that goes along the outer lip, on the homemade ones you stand there with a hose - not sure if one is better than the other. - the machine sits on the ground - I think I'd like mine on legs, when the feathers come out I'd like them to be falling away rather than the machine sitting in a puddle of water and wet feathers.
I did get pictures - I'll get hubby to show me how to down load, or have him down load them.
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."