Plucking ducks..never done it...advice ?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by unionwirewoman, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. unionwirewoman

    unionwirewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    Kalispell , MT
    I've processed quite a few chickens in my day...but I have heard ducks are different . I have 4 that need to go . Any advice on how to pluck them ? I'm assuming it's not the same as chickens because their feathers are water repellent . Thanks in advance for any info !
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2008
  2. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Set aside extra, extra time that you will need to deal with all the down feathers.
  3. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2008
    Add a little liquid dish soap to the 150* water , then submerge, lift up, etc a few times untill the soap disolves oils and the hot water reaches the skin. Pluck like you would any chicken. [​IMG]
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Quote:estimate how long you think it will take to dress them, then double it
  5. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    I can tell you horror stories of plucking ducks.... Muscovy ducks.
    We tried,
    hot water
    soap in the water
    the wax method ( just picture a duck candle) it was that bad and messy!

    So we just got a comfy chair and plucked and plucked and plucked. Now we skin them, it goes alot quicker but you loose alot of the fat and the duck tends to dry out when you cook them so you have to baste more often.

    We just start at the neck and skin down the front to the vent. Then work it over the wings and back and clean the inside as you normally would.

    Steve in NC
  6. unionwirewoman

    unionwirewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    Kalispell , MT
    Thank you !!! Wasn't sure if I could just pluck them like chickens . I figured it wasn't going to be as easy as my hubby said ! We don't want to skin them....I wanted to ...hubby doesnt . Thanks for the advice again !
  7. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    Growing up we cleaned A LOT of Pekins.
    We skinned some and plucked some. We dry plucked, no hot water or wax.
  8. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I also dry plucked mine when we had them. Worked a lot better than scalding them.

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