Patent Number: 6,168,510

Title: Poultry defeathering device

Abstract: The invention entails a defeathering cylinder having a plurality of fingers extending radially from its curved surface. The cylinder is mounted on a shaft positioned along the axis of the cylinder. The cylinder is rotatably mounted to an enclosure having a top, a bottom, a front wall, a back wall opposite the front wall, and sides connecting the front wall to the back wall. The front wall of the enclosure contains a cylinder opening. The back wall contains a plurality of apertures sized to substantially inhibit the passage of feathers. A power source such as an electric motor is functionally connected to the shaft on which the cylinder is mounted. Operation of the motor causes the shaft and the cylinder to revolve within the cylinder opening. The revolution of the fingers extending from the cylinder causes air to flow into the cylinder opening and out the apertures. When a bird is placed in contact with the revolving fingers, the feathers will be removed and drawn into the enclosure and toward the back wall. Once inside the enclosure, the direction of air flow will prevent the feathers from exiting the enclosure though the cylinder opening. The size of the apertures in the back wall prevents the feathers from exiting the enclosure through the back wall. Eventually, gravity will pull the feathers downward to the enclosure bottom where an opening is provided to allow the feathers to exit the enclosure.

Inventors: Ford; Ronald B. (Lake Providence, LA)


International Classification: A22C 21/02 (20060101); A22C 21/00 (20060101); A22C 021/02 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018