Waxing Chickens How To Defeather A Chicken In Hot Wax

  1. Mrs MIA
    Ever had a couple of chickens to pluck, and don't want to spend hours pulling out the pin feathers one by one???
    WAX IT!!
    OK... I had to share this... ZykloniaDark-GothikRanchr had posted something about this in another thread, and as I had just spent the last 3 days doing fine-detail plucking on 17 meat birds, I decided to pick Delight's brains on it. I cannot take the credit, but we did it today on three roosters (yes, my extra lt Brahmas are no more) and I was amazed at how easy it was. I decided to document it for other "visual" learners.

    You will need:
    ~a chicken
    ~Water
    ~Paraffin wax
    ~A large pot for the water, just warm enough to melt the paraffin wax, and large enough to dunk a whole chicken.
    ~A large bucket, or another pot, with ice cold water in it, deep enough to dunk a whole chicken.

    The paraffin we bought came 4 chunks to a box for around $1-2. Melt 1 chunk in the water.
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    While that is melting, dispatch your chicken in a manner of your choosing. Ours seem to lose their heads more often than not.
    Rough pluck by removing the large wing feathers, tail feathers, and a few handfuls of the back and chest feathers.
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    Take your chicken to the pot of wax, and dunk. Hold for a 20 count. Remember, the water should not be HOT, just WARM.
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    Take your chicken to the bucket (here we only had a cooler left to use) of ice-cold water and leave it there for several minutes.
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    We dispatched the next chicken and waxed it in that time. When we put the 2nd chicken in the ice-bath, we took out the first one and started plucking.
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    I took my hands and pressed around the chicken, breaking the wax into pieces. Then just start peeling it like an orange.
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    Afterwards, I rinsed the chicken to get the rest of the wax off (as instructed ) and once indoors, I used small needlenose pliers to remove the last few little feathers that the wax missed, and finished removing the neck. Running a butter knife against the remaining pinfeathers removes most of them easily - kind of like scaling a fish. I would say all of that took maybe 10 minutes, when I've been known to spend 2 hours plucking the pinfeathers off of a chicken.

    For each chicken, melt a new block of wax. If you melt it all at once, it will all come out with the first chicken (trust me on that!). This is good for a small number of chickens, but I could see it getting expensive if you have a LOT of chickens to do. We're in the process of gathering parts for a Whiz Bang plucker, but for the 3 birds we did today, this worked fabulously! Thank you, Delight!!!
    And thanks to hubby, for taking the photos!

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  1. SuperflyMD
    Great article. I couldn't see any of the pictures. It has a photobucket error that says the images have been deleted. I still learned a lot from the text. Thanks.
  2. LBurt6
    Great Suggestion, we had a broody hatch four eggs for us. I was hoping to add more hens, but we ended up with only one hen and 3 cockerels. Yikes. We've never butchered our birds before but there is no way we can have 3 roosters so this article comes at a good time.
  3. Chickenfan4life
    Oh, awesome! I need to remember this for my dad's first butcher day! Thanks for sharing such great info!
  4. yo burrill
    Awesome!!! I will remember this!!! I usually dont bother with trying to eat the few Roos I have had to dispatch due to the plucking!!
  5. sgarth05
    If/when I ever decide to raise chickens for meat (I'm only on my first three chicks at the moment) I will definitely try this method! I'm certainly not above using my chickens for meat. Or any other farm animal for that matter and I've never killed an animal in my life.
  6. rparrny
    For those thinking of recycling the wax, I would be sure to bring to a high temp once you strain it, I would be concerned about the bacterial growth from previous slaughters. Great tutorial, thank you.
  7. Peter1975
    Come on Vish..... India invented all the best ways to cook chicken!
  8. vishnu kokareko
    i thought this site was for taking care of chickens but we should offend killing of chikens
  9. epsmarla
    Good suggestion Jenell...worth a try I think.
  10. JenellYB
    To reduce expense, any way to 'recycle' the wax so it can be used more than once? Like maybe, stuff the feathers/wax mess into a mesh bag, and submerge it in hot water so the wax melts and floats to the top? Where it can either be dipped/skimmed off, or allowed to cool so the hardened wax can be lifted off the top?
  11. NYRIR
    Thanks for sharing your successful waxing techniques.This may come in handy as we have never tried the waxing.
  12. livingwithchicks
    to me the are pets but also farm animals and need to pay for them selves. so far i have not been able to kill my hens but this i think would make it a little easier when i have to. i still cannot think about cutting up the hen though. i think if i ever had help doing it once i could do it.
  13. v.cyr
    to some they are pets... but to a lot of us they aren't... they are livestock, same as cows, pigs, goats, etc( which some folks treat as pets,too)... nothing wrong with either point of view... BTW, this wax plucking method is awesome... the orange peeling analogy is dead on... makes plucking go very quick...
  14. TonySorrento
    Chickens are pets that give delicious eggs and meat! The best of both worlds! ;)
  15. markt
    I will stick to the eggs! Live and let live
  16. Dalberk
    Uh. . . er. . . I don't think chickens are PETS. They are farm animals that can be quite beautiful. My feeling is that the definition of a pet is an animal that generally won't poop on you when you hold it. So chickens (along with snakes and rats) are NOT on MY list of pets.
  17. I'm1chickencuddler
    To chicken lover 1- yes....chickens are pets. Mine sure are. BUT....to each his own. Back in the day, they were only food. Just like dogs in some countries. No judgement....
  18. trixiebarracuda
    GREAT!! My boyfriend wants to eat a few of our chickens and I have been holding him back because we (I'm) just aren't ready yet. But this is good info for when we are ready. I will have to make him read/look at this.
  19. Ardizzone7
    Awesome! I processed 6 last year. I will have to try the wax!
  20. Chicken Lover 1
    Chickens are pets!!!!!! I can't belive BYC has stuff like this.
  21. Lulee61
    Thank you so much we are new at Chicken raising we are raising them for eggs but we might deside down the road to raise a few for meat. It's so great when people like you take the time with pictures and instructions cause I would have put all the wax in at one time for sure.

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