Plucking Feathers: A Foul Job

Early mechanized devices tackled mess of plucking feathers

Machine For Picking Feathers From Fowls
This gadget, patented in 1911, was titled by the inventor a "Machine for Picking Feathers from Fowls." As the hand-held machine was passed over the fowl's body, the toothed comb (7) raised the feathers that were then caught between two rollers (11 and 12) and pulled from the skin.