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Yes, the Whizbang Plucker will Pluck Turkeys! (my thanks to Lewis Rave for this great picture)
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The unsolicited comments that follow are just a few of the many that I have received since publishing the Whizbang Plucker plan book back in 2002.


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"Thanks for the Whizbang chicken plucker. I'm in the Coast Guard and have build a lot of cool things but this the coolest thing I've ever made. I brag about it at work and everyone thinks I'm not firing on all cylinders."
—K.J., North Carolina




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I recently became a proud whizbang plucker owner after purchasing your kit. I killed and plucked 3 old hens that would not stay in the chicken yard. This was my test run. I couldn't have been more pleased. My 83 yr old father in law could not believe how good a job it did. I ordered 50 chicks the next day and look forward to having a plucking party next month. Thanks for sharing your plucker with others.
—Rick Lawless, TX


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“I’m sure I’m not the first to express my thanks for writing the Whizbang chicken plucker book. We just processed 50 chickens yesterday and our new chicken plucker made that task a breeze compared to last year. It is fun and easy to use a Whizbang! Can’t wait to do chickens again.” 
—G.C., Ohio

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"I built this plucker last year and have now used it for several hundred birds including large turkeys. I purchased the welded shaft, featherplate, fingers and flywheel from the author and I can say without a doubt, his parts are of the highest quality! Even if you have no used parts laying around, the total cost and quality of this unit beats any pre-built, mass-produced plucker. It is powerful and efficient."
—John A Schmidt (review at Amazon.com)

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“I just wanted to check in and let you know that I completed my plucker several weeks ago and have since used it twice... WOW! Plucking time for seven birds was reduced from about 2+ hours to under 5 minutes. Incredible.” 
—R.C., New York

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”I have been meaning to write and express my thanks to you for writing “You can Build a Whizbang Chicken Plucker” and providing many of the parts for the plucker in the Whizbang Shebang kit. My family and I raised 600 broiler chickens and 40 turkeys this year; the first 200 broilers were processed with the old drum style plucker, and the remainder passed through the Whizbang. That machine does a fantastic job! I’m sure this is redundant, but you can mark me down as yet one more of your satisfied customers.... Thanks once again for an excellent product!"
—Jonathan Bartlett, Bartlett Farm

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“I built your plucker from your plucker book and it works even better than the book said it would!” 
—C. B., Louisiana

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“Just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know our Whizbang plucker that my kids and I built with your design book is awesome. The directions were very easy to understand. We’ve plucked about 50 birds so far and are processing another 26 tomorrow. It’s the hit of our town (Wenatchee, WA). I’ve already rented it out. My daughter is in 4H with poultry as her specialty.” 
—D.J., Washington

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"Built this plucker in 2 weekends. Get the feather plate kit and fingers from the author, worth every penny! This machine will save you hours of hard work, plucks chickens clean in 30 sec flat, awesome!!"
—Review From "BBF-460" at Amazon.com

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“Just a note to say that you can put another feather in your cap!! Your design works flawlessly. Never have we had chickens plucked so clean with so little effort. I am so glad that I found your information. We dress out 150 to 200 chickens a year, and have been doing it for the last ten years, and probably be doing it for another ten years. But thanks to your Whizbang, the next ten years will go easier than the last!!!” 
—D. E., Indiana

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“I bought your chicken plucker plans and have used my own plucker now for two years. It works great.” 
—J.S., (unknown location)

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“The plucker works like a charm. I have also built the [Whizbang] garden cart and have used it constantly this summer.” 

—S.V., Washington

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“My wife Cindy, ordered the Whizbang kit a couple weeks ago. I finished it up Saturday evening and we used it yesterday to process 24 Cornish Cross chickens. We were truly happy, surprised, relieved, awed, etc., at how well it worked and how much effort and tedium it saved us.

We followed the directions in the book, pretty much to the letter. I was impressed how solid the frame is. I told Cindy that if they would build furniture like that, we would have a house full of it!” 
—R.S., Pennsylvania

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“A friend and I made a plucker per your book. It’s great— the book and the plucker!” 
—M.H., (unknown location)

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—Richard Gaines (review at Amazon.com)

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“We made a plucker with your plans and some of your pre-made parts. It works very well. I can pluck two 9 lb. chickens in 15 seconds very cleanly.” 
—R.V., (unknown location)

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“The plucker I built from the parts I purchased from you two years ago works great. I am making a new one for friends of mine.” 
—J.T., Vermont

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“...we LOVE your plucker!! We raise approximately 100 chickens each year and would be  miserable doing it all by hand. Thanks!!” 
—K.T., Vermont

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“I have received all the parts and I have now build my own plucker and it works like a charm! Beautiful! See attached photos.” 
—N.A., Sweden

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As someone who has made a living writing technical and how-to articles, I can really appreciate Herrick Kimball's work in this book. The parts-sourcing and construction procedure is well explained, the graphics are well illustrated, and the cost won't break the bank. If you've ever priced the "real" mechanical pluckers--even the tabletop models--you'll apprciate what Herrick has done here. We should probably all be sharpening our how-to and build-it skills and work to become more self-sufficient than we are. 

—Richard Freudenberger (review at Amazon.com)

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“WOW!!! Talk about fun. After building the plucker and painting it with our little ones we had a blast using it. My wife and I were both totally impressed with its performance. ... The comments from friends and family alike have been from humorous to impressed. Thank you.” 
—K.S., Nevada

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“One thing we like a lot about both the Whizbang Chicken Plucker and Whizbang Chicken Scalder books is their clarity. Each stage of the construction process is described straightforwardly, with lots of large, detailed line drawings to make things clear. The prose is unadorned, the tone is friendly and inviting. Even if you don’t intend to build the gizmos described in these books, you’ll enjoy them as fine examples of how to write a how-to book.” 
—Rick Saenz, Cumberland Books

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“Your book arrived today. Hats off to you Sir. The book is amazing. I would never have thought you went into so much detail.”
—T.R., (unknown location)

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“The package arrived today in fine fashion. I appreciate the excellent customer service...”
—A.K., (unknown location)


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“We had excellent luck with our [Whizbang] plucker last weekend. It runs smooth as silk with no vibration and cleans a bird in 15 seconds. Thanks again for a good design.” 
—D.B., New Hampshire

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“Aloha Herrick, Just a note to let you know that the plucker works beautifully. Not a feather to be found after forty seconds. Booya. Thanks plenty.” 
—J.P., Hawaii

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“I can’t convey how appreciative I have been of all of your help in getting this [plucker] project done. Happy Plucking!” 
—S.K., Kansas

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“We absolutely love our Whizbang Plucker! We used it for our Thanksgiving birds and have plucked many chickens in it so far. I can say that if it weren’t for you, we most likely would not be raising our pastured poultry” 
—K and B, (unknown location)

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“First of all, Keith can’t say enough good about “Anyone Can Build a Tub-Style Mechanical Chicken Plucker.” He says it is one of the best manuals he’s read. High praise indeed.” 
—(excerpt from the Allelon Farm blog)

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“Mr. Kimball, I ordered your chicken plucker parts and made the plucker per your book. I must say it is just incredible! What a time saver. Worth every penny. Thanks much.” 
—N.T., (unknown location)

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