***No chickens were killed during the making of this post. YET.
"Using What We Have" is generally code for a FRUGAL Post.
It doesn't get more frugal than raising your own meat chickens.
We got chicks back in March (THE NUGGETS as we've called them.) ...and we bought them with the good intentions of raising them for meat.
They are roughly 20 weeks old now...which I've come to understand is already old for meat chickens. Not too old to make broilers out of... but they might not be good for grilling as they may have already become tough. We'll see.
This is our first go around with this. If we're successful, hopefully, we will be; and we will do it again in the spring!
We decided if we're going to do this we need to get going on it--(probably should have done this sooner, I know.) We HAVE read up on killing chickens... it may sound bad when you say it that way-- but, it is what it is. The fastest and easiest way to get rid of the feathers (which is the tedium of killing chickens) is with a CHICKEN PLUCKER. This would NOT be a FRUGAL POST if we had bought one of these contraptions. NO.
So we are building our own; and are not out any money.
So far we've gathered, from around our place:
A pallet or skid.
A composite plastic rain barrel.
With a Sawz-All,
we The Honey, cut it in 1/2 and then removed the bottom out of it.
We found a motor in the shed... that is a work still in progress.
We (and yes,besides making a MATERIALS LIST, I helped on this part) broke the pallet apart and cut and screwed the boards together for the frame of our Chicken Plucker.
We added a board for stability and two more for the shaft/rod to go through that turns the inside of the machine.
...And that's as far as we've gotten.
Not pictured we also have another pulley and an aluminum plate for the inside. We've still got to put the rubber "fingers" inside that do the plucking while the chicken is in the spin cycle.
While we worked on it today...the flock was close by. The regular flock is mixed in with 'THE NUGGETS'. They seemed to stay close by the barrel. They are clueless.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.