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question about plucking cornish crosses

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bonelesswhitemeat, May 23, 2011.

  1. bonelesswhitemeat

    bonelesswhitemeat In the Brooder

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    hi,
    I understand hot water to loosen the feathers ( and clean the bird?)
    do i use detergent ( like dawn? ) and how much?
    also wouldnt dunking it in cold water afterwards constrict the skin (feather follicles)
    back up?
    thanks........... [​IMG]
     

  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

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    I use just a few drops in 20 gallons of water. As for cold water constricting, not sure. I'm guessing you read that in Frugals butchering sticky. I did that when I first starting processing to prevent the skin from tearing in the plucker. Since then I have found that if you lower the water temp a few degrees and scald another 10 seconds or so, skin tearing is not an issue, so I no longer do that.
     
  3. bonelesswhitemeat

    bonelesswhitemeat In the Brooder

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    Thank you..
    So how long DO I keep it in the hot water?
    thanks again
     
  4. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    In my 3 gallon pot I use for quick culls it gets heated to 150 degrees, and less than a teaspoon of lemon Joy. It doesn't take much. Soap acts as a "surfactant", which lowers the surface tension and makes it easier to "wet" things, like feathers. 60-75 seconds for the scald works well for us.

    I haven't found a reason to cool a bird after scalding and prior to plucking. We'll rinse with warm water and pluck any hanger's on. Only after gutting to they get a chill.
     
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    That's something you just have to play by ear...dunk, try the feathers, repeat if necessary. I usually dunk and swish for about 20 seconds but that varies as the water temp fluctuates.
     
  6. bonelesswhitemeat

    bonelesswhitemeat In the Brooder

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    ok

    thank you
     

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