filling chicken with water to pop the feathers and skin off?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lisafromvermont, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. lisafromvermont

    lisafromvermont In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2013
    while in costa rica we spoke with a farmer who swears by this method. after killing and bleeding, he cuts the head off and fills the bird with cold water from the outside faucet, and apparently the skin and feathers just separate from the meat. not sure if we got the whole story, like had he eviscerated it before doing this. anyone have any experience with this?
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2013
  2. wow. interesting. no idea.

    I heard an interesting story about dressing geese...make sure the pants match the jacket. LOL! no just kidding. But I was told that if you stand on the wings and grab the dead goose by it's feet and yank very hard and quickly, that you can pull the goose out of his skin and feathers in one fell swoop. I haven't researched it, but find it VERY hard to believe. Your story with the water seems to make more sense.
  3. Elke Beck

    Elke Beck Songster

    Jun 24, 2011
    Sunny So Cal
    My grandfather used to hunt ducks, doves and quail. If you stand on the wings and pull up sharply, you are left with the breast with the wings, and the entrails, legs and skin in your hand. They used to field dress the birds that way so that they did not have to carry as much weight.
  4. Hollow Point

    Hollow Point Chirping

    Dec 28, 2012
    SW Louisiana
    Done this a bunch of times when we killed a bunch of snow and blue geese. Very, very simple and quick. As to the first question, that's how we have cleaned rabbits and other animals, poke a hole in the skin, insert the hose, turn the water on and the skin peels off like a glove. Complete with the whole job in minutes. Never tried with a chicken though but now I may.
  5. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

    Nov 10, 2010
    Someone on BYC had mentioned that he did that with an air compressor.
  6. Randomhero

    Randomhero In the Brooder

    Aug 20, 2012
    I will have to try using an air compressor and the water method when the time comes. Although this year I may be purchasing a tumbler ect. to clean my flock (YAY!!). Regardless, Ill experiment with the above.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2013

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