Plucking for craft feathers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Kiwibird, May 14, 2010.

  1. Kiwibird

    Kiwibird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2008
    I'm not sure if it is best to post this in here where processing is discussed, or in crafts, but I am going to process a rather pretty rooster today, and would like to try and do something decorative with the feathers. I generally dunk the chicken in hot water before plucking and tend to get the feathers sort of rolled up as I rub them off. The first time I ever processed a chicken I tried dry plucking and had difficulty pulling the feathers out, so a lot got bent in the process if memory serves. I'm thinking there must be an even better way. Any tips?
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    The craft section may be a much better place to ask your question. Generally speaking, when processing for meat, we're not concerned with how the feathers look when they come off -- just that they come off.

    If I were in your position I would carefully pull the feathers I wanted for crafts and then scald and pluck as usual thereafter.
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  3. wvchics

    wvchics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2017
    Proctor, WV
    Maybe try using pliers to pluck from the base for the ones you want. I hear scalding gives them an odor. I just collect the feathers that fall all the time. If you get them quick enough they stay pristine.

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