new to this, just a quick question

tamelroy

Songster
11 Years
Jan 19, 2009
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Mass
I don't buy the meat birds, but we do use our egg layers, or roos. My question is, how do you get the feathers off, or should I say hair? I never can seem to get it all off. Then I have to rush to get the skin off when cooked because if my kids see it they will not eat the chicken! lol

Thanks guys!
 

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
8,696
285
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Strasburg Ohio
Well, do you scald them first before you begin plucking? That makes it easier to get the feathers out. Also sometimes you need some pliars to pick out stubborn quills......
 

tamelroy

Songster
11 Years
Jan 19, 2009
458
0
152
Mass
No, hubby just takes every thing out and starts ripping feathers.

Thanks for the info! I want to try to get meat birds this year and I want to do it right so I don't gross out the kids! lol
 

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
8,696
285
316
Strasburg Ohio
There are several different wasy to process chickens. If you don't wanna worry about all those feathers, you can skin a chicken too, which is alot easier than plucking. I do love fried chicken skin though when it's prepared right, but people want to be healthy now, so skinning is a great idea.

I can't really explain it all but you can google something like "how to dress a chicken" or "How do you skin a chicken" and there are some very detailed instructions with illustrations.......

Scalding will definitely help though with the plucking!

Have a great weekend!
Sharon
 

Ms.FuzzyButts

Songster
10 Years
Sep 5, 2009
2,747
4
171
North Alabama
We use a turkey fryer and heat the water to between 140 & 150 degrees. Dip them for a minute or two and pinch/scratch the skin on his leg, when that comes off, he's ready.. Don't do it for more than 2 minutes or you'll over cook it and the skin will rip when plucking. Then dip him in ice water real quick to stop the heat from continuing. Pluck the wings and tail feathers out first as those areas cool quicker. Takes me less than 5 minutes to pluck one.
 
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Big George

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 19, 2009
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1
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I had a couple drops of lemon dish soap to the scald water. Helps with saturation and knocks down the smell.
 

Brunty_Farms

Songster
12 Years
Apr 29, 2007
2,305
35
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Ohio
For the hairs... you want to singe them off. The older the bird... the more the hairs. I use a hand help propane torch... singes them off really easy.
 

SteveH

Songster
10 Years
Nov 10, 2009
3,392
13
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West/Central IL
[ in the good old days
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] We occasionally dry plucked one , but always scalded them if butchering several . We called those " hairs " the " pin feathers " and they were " singed " or burnt off either over a flame on the kitchen stove or over the bed of coals that was used to heat the scald pot .
 

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