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feather help!

Postby VT_Diver-Junkie » Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:10 pm

I breasted out a bird today and left the skin on for the 1st time ever. The problem is I didn't remove all the down feathers so is there an easy way to get rid of them or something?
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Re: feather help!

Postby send the dog » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:30 am

Blow torch, lighter, or any sort of flame to singe, keep it moving to avoid burning. best to do this when skin is dry.
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Re: feather help!

Postby duckblind1982 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:22 pm

besides what is already mentioned... hot wax always works but it leaves a pretty good mess
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Re: feather help!

Postby VT_Diver-Junkie » Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:50 pm

Thank you I'll have to try both methods
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Re: feather help!

Postby jared850 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:58 pm

I've never tried with waterfowl but with other birds you can dunk them in boiling hot water for few seconds. The feathers should then release and be really easy to get out.
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Re: feather help!

Postby flight control » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:42 am

I also suggest the torch method but next time burn them before breasting, it works better before the down is wet and saturated with blood.
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Re: feather help!

Postby Indaswamp » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:18 am

if the feathers are wet, rub the "fingers" side of your thumb over the skin and gently rub the down off. if it's pin feathers, you will have the squeeze them out, if it's the long thin "hair" use a torch.
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Re: feather help!

Postby aunt betty » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:20 pm

After plucking...to get the down off, waxing is the way to go. I wax ducks all the time. Use several layers of wax. Let the ducks cool. Having a freezer or ice helps. Cool the ducks and make sure you have the wax on fairly thick. Then you can peel them like an orange.
If the wax is too hot you end up with a really thin layer that's a mess to work with.
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