I dipped mine periodically in water while plucking the feathers, and rubbed the pinfeathers loose underwater--they just rolled right out. The birds that we pithed were WAY easier to pluck than the one we didn't. I was really shocked at how easy the plucking went, especially for my first time. I was able to get the birds "naked" in about 5 minutes. I did scald briefly first, but in hindsight, I'm not sure that was even necessary on the pithed birds.