plucker question

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bj taylor, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you have a small flock (12 birds or less), is it worth while to invest in a plucker when you will only be killing one or two birds at a time?
     
  2. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not in my mind. Easier to skin them, since most of my DP birds are over a year old before I process them and they will be soup, anyway, so I don't care about the skin.

    However, I have ramped up production and will be selling Frankenbirds at the farmers market. So, since I will be selling them, and doing 40 or 50 birds at a time, it is important that they be well plucked with skin on. So, investing in a quality plucker makes sense now.
     
  3. Peruvian

    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd recommend a drill plucker. Easy, cheap, and effective.

     
  4. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can easily make a drill plucker for less than 5 bucks. Honestly though, if you are only doing a couple at a time, just make sure you get a good scald and hand picking would be fine.

    By good scald, I mean water temp of ~145 degrees and agitate the carcass under the water until the wing feathers pull loose easily.

    I have even dry-picked when I only had a couple to do though, so really you should be fine no matter what.
     
  5. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a table plucker and it still doesn't make sense for just a couple of birds. By the time the scalder is set up and warmed, and the plucker in place, I could have had them skinned, eviscerated, and in the chill tank.
     
  6. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have pictures of how you skin them? I would like to learn more about how to do this. I did try to skin one of my roos but it became pretty messy and I cut myself trying to cut the skin from around the legs.
     
  7. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cut their feet off first. Makes it much easier. I don't like chicken without skin personally, but if you do, go for it. It is a lot faster.[​IMG]
     
  8. bwmichaud

    bwmichaud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For doing just 1 or 2 birds at a time, I'd just pluck them by hand. Chickens pluck pretty easily. I would never skin a chicken since roasted chicken skin is my favorite!
     

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