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Development and Performance Evaluation of a Chicken De-Feathering Machine for Small Scale Farmers

Adeyinka A. Adesanya 1 and Olawale J. Olukunle 2
1. Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti, Nigeria
2. Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria
Abstract—A chicken de-feathering machine was designed and fabricated de-feathering machine for small scale poultry processors. The objectives of this work are as follows: To evaluate the performance of the machine, to select relatively cheap materials whose service area is applicable to the design and to reduce the overall cost of the machine. In the bid to achieving these objectives, the machine was fabricated using food grade plastic drum for the de-feathering chamber, wood for the frame, and tapered rubber for the plucking fingers. After the design and fabrication, the machine was carefully evaluated to ascertain its performance. It was observed that at constant speed (300 rpm) and at time interval of 5 seconds, the mass of feather removed was found to be 38.35 g,31.72 g,25.15 g, 19.25 g, 12.50 g and 0 g respectively. The total mass of feather removed was 126.97 g. During the de-feathering process, it was found that the flesh of the chicken was not damaged. Consequently, the machine capacity was found to be 1 bird per 25 seconds while the machine efficiency was 95%.

Index Terms—chicken de-feathering, design, small scale processors

Cite: Adeyinka A. Adesanya and Olawale J. Olukunle, "Development and Performance Evaluation of a Chicken De-Feathering Machine for Small Scale Farmers," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 71-74, June 2015. Doi: 10.12720/joaat.2.1.71-74
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