i was reading this article that someone posted a link to ( http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/cookingwheritagechicken.pdf ) and it says and i quote, "Also, it may be that hand plucking could result in better meat quality for older butchering age ranges, as the mechanical pluckers are said to toughen meat somewhat." is there any truth to this? my boyfriend and i have already processed and plucked 100 by hand (and are getting quite fast at this point). however, we just received our whizbang book, and before i gather (buy) the parts and assemble it for use i want to make sure that i am not doing the meat any injustice. could the be referring to industrial (like the a-frame or whatever) pluckers? PLEASE... any personal experience/opinions/results...post them! i have around 200 freedom rangers to process the end of summer and don't want to "harm" the meat in any way. I will still be aging them and all that properly... so this is purely about whether or not a mechanical plucker toughens meat.