Chicken Plucker – Home Made Less Than $10.00

I wish I had been the master mind behind this neat, cheap and effective chicken plucker. It Is not designed for plucking a lot of chickens at one time but looks like this thing will really do a good job for those of us that are only plucking a few chickens, turkeys, ducks or geese at a time.

It looks like he used 8 rubber bungee cords 8 inches long cut in half with the metal S hooks removed for the rubber picking fingers powered by a variable speed 3/8 inch electric hand drill.

Scalding your chicken before picking is ‘Required’. Heat a pot of water to 145 to 160 degrees. Holding your chicken by it’s feet, submerge your chicken in the hot water, pump up and down to insure hot water reaches the chickens skin. After about 15 or 20 seconds check your chicken by test pulling a wing feather or 2. They should pull out easily, if not scald about another 5 or 10 seconds and test again.

If your picking ducks or geese add about 1 table spoon of dish soap to your water, this will break down the water proofing oils in their feathers so the hot water can reach your birds skin.

How to make a $6.00 chicken plucker was posted in July 2006.

Video link I hope it works for you. Chicken Plucker in action

“I bought a PVC end cap (about $2.00) and drilled a 3/8” hole in the center, and installed a long carriage bolt I already had as the shaft. Then I drilled 3/8” holes all around the outside. I made the fingers out two bungie cords. (rubber straps with S hooks a both ends) I had a bunch around, but wanted to get the softest rubber I could, so I bought two long ones. (about $4.00) I cut the cord into three inch lengths, then cut the edge off both sides of each piece, except for a half an inch at the end. Then I pulled the fingers through the holes in the PVC cap, they couldn’t come out because of the half inch bump out at the end. The pictures will explain if the words don’t. Then I popped the shaft into my drill and tied the drill to the picnic table with bungie cords. A wire tie abound the trigger held it at a medium speed.

It plucks a scalded bird in about 45 seconds. It won’t pull the primary wing and tail feathers, and has trouble with the feathers along the leading edge of the wing, but works amazing for my purposes. I pluck the birds with the plucker, rinse it off and pull out the big feathers by hand. Total time is certainly less then 90 seconds a bird.”

25 responses to “Chicken Plucker – Home Made Less Than $10.00

  1. Wow, thanks for sharing! It’s great to be able to find DIY ways to do things and save money! 😀 We don’t have meat chickens currently, but I may find a use for this someday.


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  5. That’s awesome. My son is our “official” chicken plucker at the moment. He’s very keen for us to build and try this. We’ve seen a few that involve an old 50 gallon drum for “catching” the feathers as they fly off. Also, quick tip about scalding: It doesn’t take very long! Not even 30 seconds or the skin will tear off the meat! (Learned that with our first) 🙂 Great post!

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    • I wish I could take credit for the cheap easy plucker, Grin but it is someone else’s invention.
      Yes, I agree, use caution not to ‘over’ scald your birds.
      Happy Holidays


  6. Nice. Great job of explaining.


  7. wow, this is intriguing. I grew up having to do this all by hand- with boiling water- and sometimes my mom’s tweezers (which got me in BIG trouble)

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  8. I am really intrigued by this. I found one on Etsy and ordered it last week which looks like the same design. It costs over $30 I stead of less than $10, but may be a good deal for those of us who aren’t very handy. I am not good at plucking, so I’m looking forward to trying this the next time I butcher.
    Have you tried this on ducks yourself? I would love to raise meat ducks but raised two once and the plucking was such an awful job that I haven’t done it again.

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    • Q: Have you tried this on ducks yourself?
      A: Yes I have.
      HINT: add a table spoon of dish soap to your scald water. This removes the natural water proofing oils on duck/geese feathers.
      Scalding may take longer than for chickens to allow scald water to fully penetrate their feathers.
      With caution(scalding hot water) Holding the bird by it’s feet pump the bird up and down until feathers are wet and can easily be plucked by hand. Proceed to your new power plucking machine.
      I hope this is helpful.

      Good luck and Happy Gardening

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  9. Very descriptive blog, I enjoyed that bit.
    Will there be a part 2?


  10. I would have loved to see a video of this thing working. It doesn’t look very deep. Do you have any issues of them popping out as it tumbles around?


    • Re Susan C. Wheeler – I used 10 inch long truck tarp tiedown bungees (that I got from my local farm store) after removing the steel hooks and cut them in half.. The end where I removed the hooks is close to 1 inch in diameter and can not be pulled through a 3/8 inch hole.
      Thanks for visiting my tiny blog


  11. Great! Right to the point on instructions w/o a mass of other stuff to siphon through. Thanks. My hubby will love this b/c it won’t cost an arm and a leg. Suggestion, a Pinterest button too.


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  14. Just starting to micro-homestead with my husband. This is perfect. Takes 20 seconds longer than with tub but saves me $100’s (+++) and days of building. I made this in 25 minutes (minus trip to hardware)…I haven’t tried it yet as our first 12 chicks just hatched a week ago, but seems like it will work great. P.s. If your are the goof-around type DO NOT set drill on high and try to whack husbands back-side with this contraption. We almost had to invest in a pacemaker.


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  17. What a great idea! I’ve looked at the chicken plucker that Herrick Kimble made but this is much cheaper and easier.


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