Plucking problems.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by remadl700, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. remadl700

    remadl700 Songster

    Nov 18, 2009
    We processed 2 birds this weekend, one pullet and a Cornish x that was 5 months old. The pullet plucked great but the Cornish had these long super fine "Hair/Feathers" that no matter how many times I dipped her in the water they would not come off with the drill plucker. I had to resort to a torch to burn them. I haven't plucked a lot of chickens and wanted to know what I might be doing wrong.

    Water temp was 145-160 degrees.

    Was it do to the age?
    Would I not run into these type of feathers if we did them younger?
  2. petrelline

    petrelline Songster

    Feb 13, 2009
    Los Gatos, CA
    Yes, age, and yes, you avoid the hairs by slaughtering earlier. The hairs seem to appear sometime around 16 weeks (although it varies with breed).

    Singeing the carcass was a very common way of finishing up a chicken back in the day.
  3. Rod W

    Rod W In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2009
    Phelps, Wisconsin
    What was the speed of your drill motor, perhaps a faster drill would do these "Older" birds. I have been in email contact with a fellow Plucker in Nicaragua who plucks Muscovies with a 2600 rpm drill motor, which I thought would be quite fast but it worked for him!! I have a speed control installed in my extension cord, allowing me to reduce the speed when I do birds with very thin skin, Thank You, ROD
  4. remadl700

    remadl700 Songster

    Nov 18, 2009
    Quote:I don't know the exact speed but I tried going fast and it didn't seem to work. Here is a pic of my low tech "Clucker Plucker"

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