Processing, solution for feathers?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bantymum, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    hello and Merry christmas to you all and to my friends over there.
    Im wondering if there is anything other than detergent which we can add to the water to make it easier to pluck feathers from the bird at processing time.
    any help greatly received
    Thanks
    Helen
     
  2. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use regular Dawn for ducks....

    Not needed for chickens. If they don't come out easy enough... up the temperature. I like to use around 145-150 to scald chickens.... Closer to 170 for ducks.


    Good luck with that!
     
  3. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thankyou but im in Australia and i dont think we have "Dawn" here, is it a dish detergent?
    thankyou for that
     
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Yes, dawn is a dish detergent. I also use only hot water at 150, dunk and swish about 30 seconds and everything comes out nice and easy. of course you gotta work a little on the wing and tail feathers.
     
  5. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    thankyou, so i assume that i need to add detergent?
    my partner is so anti soap as far as the kitchen goes, he rinses the plates and glasses etc so theres no soap residue, and the idea of bathing his birds in soap kinda gets to him!!
     
  6. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No the soap is not needed at all for the chickens. I've actually only used the soap on the ducks...
     
  7. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've used soap, but honestly, I've never noticed a difference either way.
     
  8. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

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    I have never used to soap to remove Feathers.....I just Scald & Pluck.... or I skin them; depends on what I butchered them for.
     

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