I just bought a stainless steel barrel type plucker. I did my first test run of it tonight using one bird. The hen was about 2 1/2 years old at least. I scalded it in 145 degree water bath for several minutes and did a test pull on a tail feather. I then scalled it again and again and again and the feather never really seemed to want to come out. So i went ahead and threw it in the plucker to see what would happen. Well it plucked fairly well except for the back. The wings did great. The tail didnt do so well. So i scalded again and processed and not luck, so i did it again, this went on for about 15 minutes. Finally the bird was plucked, all but a few on the tail. Is this normal. Why did my scald not work? Did the water going into the plucker defeat me. Since it was cold. No skin was broken. Will younger birds be easier to pluck? This was a red mutt. I have 30 CX birds coming on the 23rd and wanted to see how this was going to work out. Any suggestions? I thnk the scalding is where i am lacking. Sorry for the rambling. Thanks!