Water for plucking

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mtnhomechick, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    For the meat birds do I need a turkey fryer for defeathering, or can I use a large pot of hot water. Is the temp of the water real important?

  2. qhluvr34

    qhluvr34 Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    Brazil, Indiana
    We used a turkey fryer to scald our birds and it worked great. The water got real hot so we turned it down and then off but had to turn it back on for last 2 chickens. Was easier to control temp then with fire and pot. Will definitely use the fryer again.
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    We have used a turkey fryer and a big stock pot. They both do the job. You don't actually have to boil the water. 165 degrees is good.
  4. CampTopisaw

    CampTopisaw In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2008
    Southwest Mississippi
    We use water heated to 145 degrees and dip the birds in and out of the water for one minute. The results of this have always been very good. Any cooler, and we don't get good feather release, any hotter and the birds' skin will often tear. This, at least, has been our experience.

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