Please Help! (Turkey feather problem)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BigSkyChickie, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. BigSkyChickie

    BigSkyChickie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all! Long time lurker here with a semi-emergency. I bought a fresh turkey from a local gentleman and it was covered with small feather stubbs. Pinfeathers, I think? Anyway, I've been pulling them out but about 1/2 of them are leaving about 1/4 inch long black marks under the skin. It seems like pigment. Others seem to have broken off at skin level and if I dig at them or squeeze them they come out. Is there a special trick I need to know? Is the pigment icky? This has been super tedious and I have RA and am really starting to struggle with pain from this. Please, please, can anyone give me advice?

    P.S. I'm sorry if this is super idiotic.[​IMG]
     
  2. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're fine, best way to get those is to just squeeze it like a zit.... however you're safe to eat the pigment. In the white birds it's clear and not even seen, but for the feathers just use a knife and your thumb. If that doesn't work a pair of needle nose pliers would work just fine for the the stubborn ones.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2010
  3. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What Brunty said. [​IMG]
     

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