Please Help! (Turkey feather problem)

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

  1. BigSkyChickie

    BigSkyChickie Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2008
    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

    Apr 29, 2007
    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

    Sep 8, 2009
    What Brunty said. [​IMG]

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