I have zero experience plucking chickens. I do have experience plucking wild turkeys, which probably isnt that much different.....I've read a couple posts on this site from folks having a hard time getting it right. Like most people have suggested, dont worry about the temp. A rule of thumb that I go by, which can be briefly painful and 'backwoods', is that you can dip your finger in the water the first time(burning like all get out), and when going in for the second 'dip', you just know its gonna melt your skin off(and it almost does). Its ready! I know that this is a crued way of explaining this, but it kind of puts it into terms that most people that havent done this, can understand. I for one, have to have many things explained to me as if I were a kid.