Chop head off = hard to pluck. True?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by cluckcluck42, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Songster

    Oct 4, 2009
    So I just have to ask, if you chop a chickens head off and then try to pluck, will it really be a lot harder then other methods of slaughter (pithing or slicing).

    Very curious as we prefer to chop their heads off, are not comfortable to do pithing, and prefer to not slice the jugular. Our roosters from our laying flock are just skinned because we don't care for it anyways, but when we do our meat chickens ourselves, we want to know if we will have to learn how to pithe.

  2. scubaforlife

    scubaforlife Songster

    Jul 13, 2009
    They aren't related.

    The scald is the key to a good pluck, getting the hot water to relax the follicle is what makes the feather come out.
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:yup [​IMG] I only chop heads and the hot water does the trick everytime!
  4. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Songster

    Oct 4, 2009
    Thank you both! I've really wanted to know because I just do not feel comfortable slicing throats. I've heard this old jargon repeated a LOT by many different people, but I trust you both seeing as you have actually done it lol. [​IMG]
  5. Another little trick that I like is to melt a bar of parafin wax in the scald water. When you pluck, most of the pin feathers come out with the big ones, in sheets..........Pop
  6. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Songster

    Oct 4, 2009
    Quote:Interesting, I will keep that in mind. [​IMG]
  7. Chickanmanfromarkansas

    Chickanmanfromarkansas Songster

    Jan 18, 2010
    We use an ax to chop the head off ours. Other posts are right it is the scald that counts in plucking. As for skinning one it shouldn't make a difference anyway.
  8. rufus

    rufus Crowing

    May 17, 2007
    Only do one bird at a time. That way the feathers don't get time to set. If there are more than one of you picking, you might try two, but never let them sit or the feathers will be hard to pluck. Kill, drain, scald, pluck in rapid order.


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