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Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Thu Nov 25, 2004 4:55 am

OK, I know a lot of guys breast out their game. My family likes them with the skin on and I like to give them wild game. How can I, easily as possible, pluck all these feathers off?

I had 5 geese yesterday and about wore me and the wife out plucking them.

Any one tried any of the Machines?
Like this one? http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/horizontal-pod.jhtml?id=0006150&navAction=push&navCount=7&indexId=cat280028&parentId=cat280028&parentType=index&rid=&cmCat=search
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Postby Pete-pec » Thu Nov 25, 2004 10:15 am

Take a large kettle of boiling water and dip your bird in it only for a few seconds. Try plucking. If the feathers are being stubborn than you may need to dip it in the scalding water a little longer. This should help immensely, but it won't help you with those darned pin feathers! Wings cupped, Pete
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Postby hawkdog » Fri Nov 26, 2004 8:45 am

To get rid of pin feathers you can do a couple things.

Buy a propane torch and lightly singe them off taking care not to burn the skin.

Roll up a newspaper tight and light it, then singe the pin feathers off with the flame. Best done outside. :mrgreen:

Rinse the bird and dry it when your done.
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Postby ol' yeller » Fri Nov 26, 2004 2:14 pm

A lot of guys around here have duck pluckers, but the ones that don't dip their ducks in parafin wax. You can pull the feathers off in huge chunks. I just breast mine out though.

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Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Fri Nov 26, 2004 3:19 pm

I was just looking for advice. The plucker looked to save a lot of time. My wife does not look to be plucking any more. She might help if I got a plucker. She likes to help but the pulling hurt her arms. I was just looking to see who used one, how they liked it and so forth.
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Postby PinTeal » Sat Nov 27, 2004 4:51 pm

ol' yeller wrote:A lot of guys around here have duck pluckers, but the ones that don't dip their ducks in parafin wax. You can pull the feathers off in huge chunks. I just breast mine out though.

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I agree....

Use the wax, you'll NEVER go back to plucking again!!

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Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Sun Nov 28, 2004 3:52 am

I just ordered the duck plucker from Cabela's to fit into my hammer drill. I'll give it a shoot with the rubber fingers and later with surgical tubing and report back, if any one else is interested.
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Postby Reed » Sun Nov 28, 2004 2:08 pm

The pluckers work good, but haven't tried them on geese. Boil a big pot of water and ADD Dish soap. It cuts through all the oil and makes plucking easier.
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Postby shocktroop » Mon Nov 29, 2004 11:37 pm

I pluck off the breast feathers as these are pretty easy, then cut the skin/fat around the breast and then breast them out, leaving the skin on.....I only pluck larger birds like Mallards or a large duck, an other, take your pick, if the bird is big, I see it a waste to breast em' out. But for plucking, I slide my fore-finger up under the feathers, than lock my thumb over the top of the fore finger and pull towards the head....pretty good so far, but I still wish I had a plucker and soon gonna try the boiling water thing!!
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Postby Quackkills9 » Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:59 am

i dont pluck anymore for ducks and geese, before i did but i tried from the bottom and ripping it open then i cut the breasts out and then i have less mess around than before with all the feathers being plucked, i am glad i did this method instead of plucking all the birds i shoot down. Good Huntin' :getdown:
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