I don't want to invest in the money for a plucking machine as so far there is a single chicken I want to pluck (and if I get hatching eggs, maybe a few more ). I've heard that you can simply pull off the feathers (after soaking the chicken in hot water of course), but I've also heard that you need to use like a torch or something to help pluck the chicken (something about tiny feathers) if you don't have a plucker. Is that true? And if so, is there a way to get around it? My roo makes me want to send him to freezer camp a little more every day.