Defeathering

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jrsqlc, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. jrsqlc

    jrsqlc Obsessed with Peafowl

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    I have a bunch of roos that need "taken care of"

    I was wondering who use what to defeather and what seems to work the best.
    I plan on buying or making something to help the process...but would like input first.

    thanks everyone, and any pics of homemade units would be great.
     
  2. herfrds

    herfrds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I scalded my birds and if I just have 1 or 2 I just do it by hand. 3 or more I use either drill powered plucker or pull out my motorized plucker.
    now I always scalded because the feathers come off so much better.
     
  3. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

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    If you don't care about keeping the skin of the birds on, you could always try this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgo6Qlaff_4

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    shows the processor cutting along the breast bone and then ripping the skin off. Looks 500 times easier than the scalding water and plucking method I did with the last bird I processed.
     
  4. jrsqlc

    jrsqlc Obsessed with Peafowl

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    that is the one i ended up making! works GREAT!!! under a minute per bird!
     
  5. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So what kind of drill do you use, and do you strap it to a table or hold it in your hand?
     
  6. jrsqlc

    jrsqlc Obsessed with Peafowl

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    i used my old sears corded drill. I zip tied it to an old inch thick board i had. the board was about 10 inches wide and 5 feet long. i put the board and de-feathering machine hanging out the back of my truck in the middle of the back yard. i put a couple totes on the ground, but the remaining feathers flew away! it works great. i did have to stack a bunch of weight on the board though because it would have moved if i didnt! and the board being so long kept the feathers away from my truck, and doubled as a great cutting station!
     

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