Plucking Aylesbury Ducks !!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Rod W, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Rod W

    Rod W Out Of The Brooder

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    HELP, HELP, HELP, Does anyone on here have ANY experiences Plucking Aylesbury ducks? The skin seems to tear no matter what is done! Thank You, ROD
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    hummmmm

    I haven't butchered any of my ducks yet, but you are supposed to plunge them in hot water with a little soap and then cold water to rinse...right?

    What specifically have you tried?
     
  3. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dip them in hot water first to loosen the feathers. After that grab fewer feathers when you are plucking them out. You're not looking to do a spectactular job - just get the most feathers you can out.

    After that dip them a few times in wax as if you're making a duck candle. Let that harden and peel off the rest of the feathers.

    Also, understand that ducks really need to be plucked between the ages of 8-10 weeks or when they are going through a molt, otherwise you are dealing with too much baby fuzz, or too many stubborn feathers.
     
  4. Rod W

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    This information is more for some folks in Brisbane, Australia where I recently sent a plucker. They haven't had any luck whatsoever, and I thought someone on these forums should no something about these ducks. I do no that on wild ducks that have a lot of fat, the skin does tear very easily. I will steer these folks to this very informative site!! Thank You, ROD
     
  5. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have 2 week old pekin ducklins. So I need to pluck them at 8-10 weeks? I haven't heard that.
     
  6. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you plan on eating them then that's the best time to pluck. If not, then your babies may enjoy keeping their feathers and down this winter [​IMG]
     
  7. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL gotcha, They are pets, so I think they will be warmer if I don't pluck them. Thanks for clarifying. I am new so I was confused. [​IMG]
     
  8. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I have 2 week old pekin ducklins. So I need to pluck them at 8-10 weeks? I haven't heard that.

    OMG...the visions I had when I read this [​IMG] Enjoy your ducks running round your yard and dont pluck!!
     
  9. MysticalMom

    MysticalMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL gotcha, They are pets, so I think they will be warmer if I don't pluck them. Thanks for clarifying. I am new so I was confused. [​IMG]

    Omg![​IMG] Oh I'm sorry daverista!! But that was so cute and funny. I'm so glad you asked though, can you imagine if you'd tried to pluck your poor pets?[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a good excuse to bring them in over the winter and have them as house pets. What duck wouldn't want to be snug by the fire in a scarf or blanket?
     

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