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butchering right now...what is the hair?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by snomom2000, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. snomom2000

    snomom2000 In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2008
    We've plucked but there's still "hair" on the bird that I can't get off. These are Rhode Island Red hens about 4 months old. I haven't plucked the Buff orp hens yet, 4 months old also. Should we just skin them and be done? We really want to leave the skin on for freezer burn protection.
  2. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
    I am not sure what the hair is but dh usually uses a blow torch to burn them off.
  3. snomom2000

    snomom2000 In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2008
    Oh yeah, I remember reading about that now! Thanks!
  4. I just use a lit candle, that's how my grandmother showed me. Just make sure you don't hold it too long in one spot, cuz it can burn the skin.
  5. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    but isn't a torch going to be dangerous if the bird decides to fart at the same time?
  6. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    [​IMG] sounds like your full of it. [​IMG]

    snomom~~Might I ask.....why are you butchering such young hens, wouldn' you want them for eggs?

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