Plucking Feathers: A Foul Job

Early mechanized devices tackled mess of plucking feathers

Chicken Plucking Machine Patent
This 1906 machine featured two metal fingers (Q and K) that worked on eccentrics and moved in such a way as to grasp the feathers in front of the funnel (R) into which they were sucked by a fan inside the housing. The arms of the toothed wheel (I) at lower right were tipped with rubber flaps against which the plucked bird could be manipulated to remove the down.