Saturday, August 7, 2010

cut way down . . .

This is what the finished plucker looks like in action. And it WORKS! It was one of those things that was either going to work really well, or not at all. I am sure glad is was the former. And all of us are glad that the whole plucking time has been cut WAY down. The last time we butchered, the plucking of the birds was the most time consuming, and the most dreaded work of processing. Today, all of us stood around to watch the first bird lose it's feathers, and cheered! The whole bird was plucked in less than thirty seconds. That is one half of one minute . . . not ten minutes per bird.

And this is how squeaky clean the bird gets in a thirty second spin on the ClayBoss pottery wheel turned plucker. (although it gets altered a bit to pluck birds, it still functions as a pottery wheel)

Notice the happy young man carrying it in the screened-in room for the rest of the processing. Speaking of processes, it usually took us about three to four hours to finish 30 birds with me doing another three to four hours cleaning up the pin feathers and the "after" mess. Today, the first fifteen birds took us an hour and a half while we were getting used to another system of working together. After a short break, we grappled the other 14 birds in 45 minute! And that is with me doing NO MORE work inside. Talk about another happy man. :)

7 comments:

Herrick Kimball said...

Bravo, Garth! I'm impressed. Do you know offhand how many rpm's you had the plate spinning at?

W said...

Garth:
As a potter and a farmer, I can tell you...that's just pure genius.
Congratulations!
Had I not already built my plucker out of a floor machine motor, I would be re-purposing one of my wheels to this task!

19lt70 said...

Your ingenuity and creativity are inspiring. Wow!

Jeffery (Traveler) said...

Having been on the receiving end of all 8 hours of plucking and cleaning, that machine does truly seem a wonder! I only wish it had been there during the last round of chicken slaughtering. The picture of a smiling Zul holding the neatly plucked chicken is evidence enough that your device is genius! Maybe you can now develop your butchering into a lucrative business!

foutfolk said...

Herrick: Thanks . . . coming from the MASTER inventor himself! :) 240 . . . and variable speed petal.

W: 1% inspiration 99% perspiration :) Do you still throw pots?

Laura: inspiring to make you want to go have a coffee and relax huh? I miss the coffee shop visits in Pasadena. And I stopped drinking coffee. What is THAT!

foutfolk said...

Jeff: It was GOOD for you! And the idea of processing birds for others is a great idea. :)

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