I use the side burner on my bbq grill to keep water hot.
I hate plucking but prefer skin on. Do any of you have a chicken plucker? I don't but plan on building one out of a old table saw, kinda like the drill style ones you see on youtube. It has a side motor and belt pulley system. I hoped to have it done before I did up the last ones.
I decided to skin them. Until I got to one of the white giants I was definitely not breeding, she had no tail, small wrong color legs, and poofy leg feathers. I decided she had to be plucked, was really big and meaty, real full breast compared to the red sussex cull cockerels. Wasn't going to heat up water at that point just for one so I dry plucked her. Wasn't that bad, white pin feathers, and used a small propane torch to burn off the 'hair'.
Got thinking afterwards the one really nice big giant pullet with a limp, 'hoppy' , ended up she had a dislocated hip since a chick, was what a giant would be at that age, big bones not much meat they don't make fryers. The tailless one had a smaller body size but a pound more weight even though her bones/legs were much smaller. Looking over sandhills list of breeds they do have one with no tail, rumpless. I think she was a manx rumpies. I did get the giants I ordered plus two, and had two that were not colored right as chicks, kinda wondering if the other one might not be a poor pathetic attempt at a giant but something else, maybe a tailed manx?