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How to pluck a chicken quickley
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Steve    Posted 02-05-2002 at 20:31:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Could anybody help me. Nobody I know has ever done it.


BW    Posted 02-07-2002 at 01:09:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As a kid dad and I would process the critters , much like Les has said , but would add to the water a cap full of dish washing liquid , this cuts the oils and they feathers pull easy wells very well on ducks and geese to ...... as to temp , 210 drgree was what we try to keep the water at ,,,,,, Killing time was also a factor early before cold weather , little or no pin feathers , later ok after they are all in , but hit the middle and it is a job that I am glad that I don't have to do every day ,
Also got a full time turkey farm next door , they use a motor drive drum with rubber hose fingers dip the bird in hot water , hold on truning drum , and no more feathers....


BW    Posted 02-07-2002 at 01:09:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As a kid dad and I would process the critters , much like Les has said , but would add to the water a cap full of dish washing liquid , this cuts the oils and they feathers pull easy wells very well on ducks and geese to ...... as to temp , 210 drgree was what we try to keep the water at ,,,,,, Killing time was also a factor early before cold weather , little or no pin feathers , later ok after they are all in , but hit the middle and it is a job that I am glad that I don't have to do every day ,
Also got a full time turkey farm next door , they use a motor drive drum with rubber hose fingers dip the bird in hot water , hold on truning drum , and no more feathers....


lost    Posted 10-13-2008 at 10:37:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
can you tell me more? how long do you leave bird in hot water? how to kill ? i am green. i have 100 birds and need all the help i can get .thank you!


jake    Posted 05-29-2005 at 19:33:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
you spelled "quickley" wrong
it is quickly


frances    Posted 06-27-2006 at 07:31:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just got a few chickens and i'm not too sure how the process goes to killing and plucking and preparing the chickens to cook.....can any one help me


IHank    Posted 02-06-2002 at 18:24:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Steve- A trick that works super good for me here is to watch the grocery ads... e.g., My local Fareway chain's ad for this week offers frozen "chicken leg quarters", 10 pound bags for 19 cents a pound.

I like the idea in a post here about skinning 'em, instead of plucking 'em, because I skin 'em, then rinse & drain well before cooking 'em.

Whatever, cook all the say thru slowly and enjoy! IHank


Murphy    Posted 02-06-2002 at 11:05:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nothing to add to what everyone else said except to start with the flight feathers on the wing and the tail feathers. They're the most difficult to pull out and I've found it best to start there.


Les...fortunate    Posted 02-06-2002 at 18:01:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
You got that right, Murph. I shouldda mentioned that. Been a while since I done it. Can't really say as I miss it a lot. Any more than I miss puttin up loose hay.


Les...fortunate    Posted 02-06-2002 at 03:00:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
After killing it, get a pail of boiling water, hold the bird by the feet and put it in the water. You'll probably have to use a stick to hold it under the water because it wants to float. Slosh it up and down a little to make sure the water soaks the feathers real good. After 5 or 10 seconds under the water, take it out. Don't leave it in too long or you will start to cook the bird.
As soon as you pull it out you can grab feathers by the handful and they will pull right out easy.
Old birds probably need to stay under the water longer. Young birds are tender and you have to be more careful not to rip the skin.
You will want to do this outdoors somewhere. The water doesn't want to be boiling when dunking the chickens but should have been boiling just a few minutes earlier.
Some birds pick easy and you should be able to clean one up in 5 or 10 minutes. Others might take a half an hour or so if they're loaded with pinfeathers.
Have I discouraged you? It's a messy, smelly operation but once you get past that, you'll be all set. At least you know where the bird came from and what it was fed, etc. Good luck.


Jen Roberts    Posted 02-08-2004 at 07:47:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Could you tell me step-by-step what to do in order to pluck a chicken (and also, separately, how to skin it) as i have never done it before . the chicken will have been bought from a market the same day - it is an activity for some kids at the local youth centre, thanks. could you include any cooking suggestions - as we will be cooking it on a fire.


Donna    Posted 02-05-2002 at 21:41:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well hubby got my started skinning them and it is quick, just skin it like you would anything else, no feathery mess, no mess really at all.
Donna


Lew    Posted 02-05-2002 at 22:04:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with skinning them. Much neater, less smelly and who needs the skin anyway. Just slice skin below breast bone, insert fingers and pull.


F14    Posted 02-06-2002 at 03:29:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
We like to keep the skins to wrap the meat in while baking. Keeps the meat moister.

We use Les' method, with one addition: Wear rubber gloves. This makes removing the pinfeathers MUCH quicker as you can just wipe the flat of your palm along the bird and most of 'em will come right out. These are the nubbly kitchen type gloves.

Also, a lot of folks "singe" the bird over an open flame to get the little hairy ones that are left.

Maw 14 and I do 50 or 60 birds every fall, and we can dunk 'em and pluck 'em in about 5 minutes each. We kept track a couple of years ago just for grins, and averaged 4 birds an hour from cluckin' in the coop to plucked, cleaned, cut up, wrapped and in the freezer.

'course, we've been doing it a while too, and have a system worked out...


Les    Posted 02-06-2002 at 04:33:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, I got to thinking after I posted...it wouldn't hardly be worth the bother just for one. You ought to do at least 3 or 4 at a time to make it worthwhile, whatever you can stand.
Well, maybe the first time, just do one to see if it's something you can stand. That kind of work isn't for everybody.


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