Plucking a chicken for the first time

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Bleenie, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I have a pullet that needs to be put down tonight but i would like to collect her feathers, if i can. I have never plucked a chicken before so i have no idea what im doing or how to do it.

    help?
     
  2. Jcmc

    Jcmc New Egg

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    I believe a hot water dip after culling is all it takes.
     
  3. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    boiling or just really hot? our tap water gets awfully hot.
     
  4. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Start with a big pot of scalding water (140-160 degrees) add a squirt of dishsoap. The dip your bird and swirl it around and bob it up and down in the water. Do this for a minute or so and then check the legs and see if the feathers brush off fairly easy. If so pluck away. If not, swish some more.
     
  5. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    thank you guys for the help. It didn't take very long at all, would have been quicker if i hadn't freaked out a little when i killed her but it was the first time also. I had someone else do it any other time it had to be done.
     

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