Today is chicken butchering day. If you’re our customer you already know that…lol.
We had some operator issues with our Featherman scalder today. I started with a propane tank I knew was not full, expecting it to run out. It ran out…but I forgot to expect it. Consequently, we were late getting started and slow going. After the first 30 birds we thought we should go ahead and feed the kids breakfast. We started again hoping to push through in record time and as always happens…we failed. My pilot light went out in the scalder and I was paying no attention. It took forever to get that water up to temp again. Along the way we hand-plucked a ton of birds. No fun.
So we did 100 birds in 3 hours including clean-up. They aren’t packaged yet so I’m off to do that. I also have to expand my compost pile.
I also want to note that this is the third time my hands have been shredded by the Featherman roto-dunker. The baskets have sharp edges and twice today I cut my fingers as I was loading birds. Every time I have to stop, clean the wound and put on a band-aid. It’s another mark against the roto-dunker. Be careful, kids.
OK. Gotta go. Can’t be lazy today!
I do believe that’s the second time you’ve posted strong remarks about the roto dunker. I know the problem is you’ve invested bucks in the thing, and want to get your money’s worth – but it sounds like it may be taking it’s pound of flesh first!
I have been working to make sure it’s not just me. Everything has a learning curve. In this case I think it’s the dunker. It’s just not ready for prime-time.