I processed 17 young roos this past weekend, all were 18 weeks and younger. The production reds, SLW, and Black Orp x's plucked out with very nice white skin. The EE's skin was more yellow, and they were rather fat. The Lav Orps were about 14 weeks, and very large, but they were horrible to pluck. I'm hand pucking, and the feathers came out OK, but there was like a dye or something in the feather shafts, and as they were being plucked it was smearing all over the bird and made most of the skin look black, and it woudn't wash off with just cold water. They realy look bad, and it was late by the time I finished, and I've been working the last 2 days, so they have been resting in the fridge. I want to package and get them in the freezer tomorrow. What can I do to get that black dye stuff off the skin. Has any one else had that problem with the Lavender birds?