Ok, yesterday we did 14 roosters, plucked by hand- wasn't too bad. This is only our third time processing, and I am SO hoping there is a better way to get pin feathers...not even sure what these things are actually...the turkens in particular, at the end of their pin featehrs, have this black, oily, "goo"...kind of like a big plug of black pus. Sorry to be gross...only way I am able to get the goo out is to squeeze each one like a zit....Are we doing something wrong? Scald is 145 degrees, swish them up and down for about 60 seconds. The feathers all come out pretty easy, skin is not tearing. Not all of the birds had these, and some had only a couple. As I said, the turkens had millions it seemed- took us about three hours of "popping" to get each turken "zit free" Did a salt water soak afterwards for about 3 hours and tried to have at them again- didn't seem to make much difference. What is this stuff exactly, and how do I get rid of it next time? Blecch.