It's The Most Famous Chicken Plucker in the World... And For Good Reason

Updated: 17 April  2014

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Herrick Kimball, inventor of the Whizbang Plucker, with a couple of just-plucked chickens


Necessity really is the mother of invention....

Back  in 1999, I needed a chicken plucking machine but couldn't justify the high cost of an already-made plucker.

I had used a tub plucker and knew that was exactly what I wanted. With a tub plucker, you just flip a switch, drop your birds in the tub, and watch while the machine takes all the feathers off. It all happens in a matter of seconds (15 to 20), and it's an amazing sight to behold—especially if you've  spent any time hand-plucking the feathers off a chicken.

So I invested a lot of effort and some money and, in time, I developed my own simple, inexpensive, homemade tub plucker. The thing worked so doggone good that I named it the Whizbang plucker.

Then I self-published 100 copies of a 60-page plucker plan book that told and showed other backyard and small-farm poultry producers how to easily make their own Whizbang Plucker.

Since then, the book has sold over 25,000 copies. Thousands of homemade Whizbangs are now dependably plucking chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese all across America, and in at least a dozen other countries around the globe.

It turns out that my humble plucker has been (and continues to be) an integral part of the grassroots movement back to personal and localized food production. It's a beautiful thing.

I still use the Whizbang plucker that started this whole phenomenon. For more than a decade, it has dependably plucked the meat birds my family raises for ourselves each year. And it has plucked literally thousands of other birds, as I freely loan the machine to numerous friends and neighbors when they need it.

After all those years and all those birds, my old original Whizbang doesn't look as "pretty" as when it was new, but it still plucks chickens as well as the day I made it. If you follow my plans, your homemade Whizbang plucker will do the same for you.

This web site is chock-full of Whizbang plucker information and inspiration. You'll also find information about the Whizbang chicken scalder, chicken tractors, and more. You can access all the pages and information by scrolling down the right side of the page and clicking on the different pictures.

You can also purchase the plucker book and Whizbang plucker parts here with easy online order buttons.

Thanks for stopping by.

Herrick Kimball
hckimball@bci.net

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