Plucking using paraffin wax **caution: contains graphic pics**

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Mrs MIA, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    OK... I had to share this... ZykloniaDark-GothikRanchr had posted something about this in another thread, and as I had just spent the last 3 days doing fine-detail plucking on 17 meat birds, I decided to pick Delight's brains on it. I cannot take the credit, but we did it today on three roosters (yes, my extra lt Brahmas are no more) and I was amazed at how easy it was. I decided to document it for other "visual" learners. [​IMG]

    You will need:
    ~a chicken
    ~Water
    ~Paraffin wax
    ~A large pot for the water, just warm enough to melt the paraffin wax, and large enough to dunk a whole chicken.
    ~A large bucket, or another pot, with ice cold water in it, deep enough to dunk a whole chicken.

    The paraffin we bought came 4 chunks to a box for around $1-2. Melt 1 chunk in the water.
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    While that is melting, dispatch your chicken in a manner of your choosing. Ours seem to lose their heads more often than not. [​IMG]
    Rough pluck by removing the large wing feathers, tail feathers, and a few handfuls of the back and chest feathers.
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    Take your chicken to the pot of wax, and dunk. Hold for a 20 count. Remember, the water should not be HOT, just WARM.
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    Take your chicken to the bucket (here we only had a cooler left to use) of ice-cold water and leave it there for several minutes.
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    We dispatched the next chicken and waxed it in that time. When we put the 2nd chicken in the ice-bath, we took out the first one and started plucking.
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    I took my hands and pressed around the chicken, breaking the wax into pieces. Then just start peeling it like an orange.
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    Afterwards, I rinsed the chicken to get the rest of the wax off (as instructed [​IMG] ) and once indoors, I used small needlenose pliers to remove the last few little feathers that the wax missed, and finished removing the neck. Running a butter knife against the remaining pinfeathers removes most of them easily - kind of like scaling a fish. I would say all of that took maybe 10 minutes, when I've been known to spend 2 hours plucking the pinfeathers off of a chicken.

    For each chicken, melt a new block of wax. If you melt it all at once, it will all come out with the first chicken (trust me on that!). This is good for a small number of chickens, but I could see it getting expensive if you have a LOT of chickens to do. We're in the process of gathering parts for a Whiz Bang plucker, but for the 3 birds we did today, this worked fabulously! Thank you, Delight!!!
    And thanks to hubby, for taking the photos! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2008
  2. Ace_king_brahma

    Ace_king_brahma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WHoa! That is cool!
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    WOW - who'd have thought you could wax a chicken! [​IMG]

    Thanks for the pic's!
     
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Holy crud! That's awesome! Thanks for the pictures [​IMG]
     
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  7. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone singe pinfeathers anymore?
     
  8. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is so cool!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Totally off topic, but what camera did you use to take the pictures??
     
  9. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

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    Quote:Its an old Olympus camedia 3.2 megapixal I got from work.
     
  10. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Quote:Thanks Nifty! [​IMG]

    I've added a "My Page" and linked it to this thread. [​IMG]
    I've also started my "coop page"... [​IMG]
     

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