Ok, so first off: I have used this innovation, and it's awesome. When I farmed at Ragley, a friend and fellow poultry raiser sent away for the instructions that Herrick sells on how to build this wonderful machine, and without too much trouble built a beautiful version of it. The 'it' being Herrick Kimball's Whizbang Chicken Plucker, which is used to deplume a chicken during the slaughter process. Take a look at this thing in action (this video may not be appealing for those opposed to animal slaughter or who prefer to believe that butchers denude chickens through seduction):
Herrick's plucker isn't much of a secret--he's sold over 20,000 copies of his instructions on how to make it. But I wanted to share it because it's such a great small-scale solution to the challenge of processing meat birds. Commercial pluckers cost a lot more than the $500 to make this one, and I've seen it in action. It works really well.
This is likely the last time for a while that I feature one of Herrick's innovations, but you can check them all out at Planet Whizbang. Or by using a search engine...Herrick Kimball is a modern Google sensation. The Justin Bieber of chicken slaughter and handle rub. Thanks to the man for allowing me to share his ideas here.