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    Introducing...

    The Whack-O-Matic Mark I!

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    Our meat chickens will be ready to harvest in about 2-3 weeks, so I thought I should start getting ready.

    Mrs Inor ordered a stainless steel table for doing the cutting, cleaning and packaging and it came today as well.

    Lastly, I finally got around to putting the plucker together. Mrs Inor would not let me test it on the dog even though I promised not to bleed him out first. But trying it with just an empty dry run, it seems, at least on paper, like it should work.

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    Duel culling cones nice!

    Never used a plucker we always did it by hand after a couple quick dunks in boiling water. Curious to see that plucker in action.
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    I need to follow this thread. How does the wack o magic work? I can image but don’t want to guess.
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    Hand plucking sucks. Tell all your friends...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piratesailor View Post
    I need to follow this thread. How does the wack o magic work? I can image but don’t want to guess.
    In theory... You put the chicken upside down in it with the head sticking out the funnel then slice open the neck and catch the blood in a bucket for the fruit trees.

    Our initial plan is to do them a week from Monday, so I'll let you know how theory matches up with reality after that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inor View Post
    In theory... You put the chicken upside down in it with the head sticking out the funnel then slice open the neck and catch the blood in a bucket for the fruit trees.

    Our initial plan is to do them a week from Monday, so I'll let you know how theory matches up with reality after that...
    I like the Whack-O-Matic Mark II a little better, has the picatinny rail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inor View Post
    In theory... You put the chicken upside down in it with the head sticking out the funnel then slice open the neck and catch the blood in a bucket for the fruit trees.

    Our initial plan is to do them a week from Monday, so I'll let you know how theory matches up with reality after that...
    You cut into the one side of the neck there is a vein there if you are going to bleed them out. If thats the case only cut trough the vein and not cut the neck all the way off. The idea is to keep the heart beating long enough to pump the blood out.

    That can take a little more time so we just cut the heads off. Some blood comes out but probably not all. It didnt seem to make a huge difference to us when we butchered but everyone has there own preferences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawgrider View Post
    You cut into the one side of the neck there is a vein there if you are going to bleed them out. If thats the case only cut trough the vein and not cut the neck all the way off. The idea is to keep the heart beating long enough to pump the blood out.

    That can take a little more time so we just cut the heads off. Some blood comes out but probably not all. It didnt seem to make a huge difference to us when we butchered but everyone has there own preferences.
    Sounds like you are doing HALAL sanctioned killing.

    My grandmother did the funnel thing with them, and she just cut the heads off with a branch lopper.

    She did that in the old country with them also, they did all they needed for the restaurant here.

    When I was growing up the big market (Brockelmans) had chickens hanging from hooks,

    they were killed out back in a barn and processed in there, those chickens were Kosher.

    Butter was in, I would guess 25 pound copper tubs, they would cut out a piece and weigh it, wrap it in butchers paper..

    There was no processed and packaged chicken parts or packaged butter, that stuff came about 10 years later in the 50s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StratMaster View Post
    I like the Whack-O-Matic Mark II a little better, has the picatinny rail.
    The Mark II is already in the planning stages! I was thinking something with a belt drive, powered by an old weedeater engine. Of course, being a computer nerd, I will have to employ a Raspberry Pi somewhere in the mix. But I like the idea of a picatinny rail as well!!! Stay tuned for further details!
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