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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?

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