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#1 jasper65

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:37 pm

Never really had much problem Plucking Ducks/Geese but the thick down underneath the feathers is a nightmare! In the past I have plucked a large amount back and burnt the rest off with a blow lamp but does anyone know a easier cleaner simpler method than this please? :hmm:....

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#2 mole trapper

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:40 pm

OH YES, FPO found this one out one day all by accident, Rubber gloves, just rub the birds and off it comes. :big_boss: :toast:

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 04:53 pm

I have got 3 pheasants in the garage and I allways skin em. Its easier.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 11:07 pm

I have got 3 pheasants in the garage and I allways skin em. Its easier.



Spot on :thumbs:

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 09:06 pm

Never really had much problem Plucking Ducks/Geese but the thick down underneath the feathers is a nightmare! In the past I have plucked a large amount back and burnt the rest off with a blow lamp but does anyone know a easier cleaner simpler method than this please? http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub.......

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Jasper, have you not tried skinning em.?

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 09:26 pm

If you have a lot of parafin wax, melt, pour or dip and peel. Some say it works quite well for the down.

If you deal with a lot of ducks, geese, etc. check out this site. http://www.whizbangbooks.com/ I borrowed a copy of the book and have a friend with an auto tub plucker and scalder. It worked great. :thumbs: Five of us butchered 279 chickens in less than five hours, taking out time for tea :drink: . 279 chickens ready to go.

He pasture raises them and sells them periodically throughout the year. Very nice. ;)

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 08:11 am

Don't skin the ducks Jasp...that's where the flavour is!
Get some f*****g elbow grease into it man :tongue2:

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 09:42 am

Don't skin the ducks Jasp...that's where the flavour is!
Get some f*****g elbow grease into it man http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...


I can't skin them mate as I like the crispy skin and fat that comes out of it :thumbs:, I'm also thinking that roasting a skinned Duck/Goose will dry the meat out when in the oven?

One method I heard about was pouring boiling water on the bird after plucking! aparantly this opens the pours in the skin and they just about fall out but the skin gets tainted. I like my skin though on any bird when its crisped up in the oven, it keeps the meat moist and full of flavour.

Mole Trappers idea sounds like the one to go for :thumbs:, I'll get the pink Marigolds on for the next plucking session :angel:.

Nice one Clancy giving the bird a full body wax has to work, is Parafin wax the same as candle wax :hmm:, my missus has plenty of large candles under the bed :tongue2:....

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 10:53 am

Jasper NO NO NO, :doh: Put your marigolds away, i ment the thin disposable type, not the ones you keep for special occasions. :icon_redface:

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:41 pm

I used to go plucking for christmas when i was a kid. The ducks were hung up by their feet, and the feathers were pulled down, back away from the direction they grew in. We used to use a small knife (not too sharp), held with the tip close to the thumb for the stubborn feathers. The down makes a hell of a mess on the floor mind!
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:48 pm

Jasper NO NO NO, http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub... Put your marigolds away, i ment the thin disposable type, not the ones you keep for special occasions. http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...


:clapper: :clapper: :clapper: Gotcha mate I know which one's you mean! The Marigolds can go back in the Bredroom draw again with the KY Jelly ;) ....

#12 Hob&Jill

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:29 pm

I have got 3 pheasants in the garage and I allways skin em. Its easier.



Spot on http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
Of course it is easier but it dosent taste half the same :no:

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:36 pm

After its been plucked.....stick the tip of a knife in randomly over the bird then pour over boiling water before drying with a cloth pouring over abit of oil and putting in the oven......makes the skin very crispy. It was on a cooking program. Id sooner sit there for 4 hours to pluck it then to skin it.......duck with out the skin.....its a waste :thumbs:
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 09:14 pm

I have got 3 pheasants in the garage and I allways skin em. Its easier.



Spot on http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
Of course it is easier but it dosent taste half the same http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
I will have try it with the skin on then,
but my missus always says its better with it off if you know what I mean :thumbs:

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 08:35 pm

Pheasant I can understand, especially if it is going to be stewed.

But duck :no: There should be a law made about skinning Ducks lol, It would be such a waste :cry: :no:




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