2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4, Page #14[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Power Egg Washer Ideal For Mid-Size Producers
“We previously had a separate candler and washer that were very inefficient,” Quella says. She discovered the Power Scrub at an APPPA (American Pastured Poultry Producers Association) Conference, and she hasn’t been disappointed.
“It’s one of the first times a manufacturer built something targeted to this scale,” she says. “I would invest in it at 500 chickens or less. It’s easy to set up and isn’t too big, so it can fit in a variety of places. The machine is ready to use and clean up is easy so I can wash when I have the time - sometimes in 2 or 3-hour sessions and over the course of the week, I get all my eggs washed in 6 to 8 hours per week.”
With the time she saves, she estimates the $7,500 machine will pay for itself in less than 2 years. Generally she washes by herself and her procedure is to candle 10 dozen eggs at a time, then wash her hands to package the clean eggs that come back to her on the turntable. It’s even more efficient if you have 2 people washing.
She made a few observations about how the Power Scrub works.
• “While it says it can wash 3,500 eggs per hour, we do not find that we have enough scale to become that good at catching cracked eggs or packing that fast,” she says. A variable setting allows her to adjust the speed according to how much cleaning the eggs require and if she is working alone or with a helper.
• Overall the eggs are clean; cracked eggs through the machine are minimal, and it has a great packing station.
• “We’ve had some mechanical issues. For example, the gears that run the conveyor broke and they shipped us out replacement parts immediately, but we were down for a couple of days,” she says.
• “I like to really clean our egg wash machine, and this one isn’t the easiest to get to all the nooks and crannies,” she says, adding, “I am probably too particular!”
Overall, she recommends the Power Scrub to other egg producers for small to mid-scale farmers.
“I haven’t seen a comparable small scale machine available in the U.S.,” Quella notes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Linda Quella, www.qfarms.net. Power Scrub, www.powerscrubeggwasher.com.
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