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#5418265 - 11/13/14 01:02 PM Preferred plucking meathod
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I'm sure this has been covered before, but I searched and didn't find anything.

Normally, I skin and butcher ducks. But now my wife wants to try recipes that require the skin on the bird.

How do you like to pluck birds. I would rather not use wax. Has anyone used the drill-mounted pluckers I see for homestead chicken farmers?

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#5418270 - 11/13/14 01:05 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Sooner N TX]
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Why not wax? it works pretty dang well.

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#5418274 - 11/13/14 01:06 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Sooner N TX]
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#5418293 - 11/13/14 01:16 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: ARQuacker]
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Wax works very well but the paraffin can get pretty expensive. It also takes a lot longer than you think because you have to dip each duck individually, then let them cool, the peel the wax off, sometimes the wax is too thick and it's like a rock, sometimes it's too thing and its like the feathers just got really wet. I just pluck them by hand, takes me maybe 2 minutes to pluck a teal and maybe 5 to pluck a big duck. So if you have 3 limits and everyone plucks their 6 ducks it should only take about a 45 minutes tops from beginning to end (including gutting them).

I have also used the pluckers and I hate them. Beats the [censored] out of the duck and doesn't even pluck em that well. If I was doing a mass quantity of ducks very often, I would go wax over duck plucker any day of the week. Small quantity just do it by hand.
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#5418303 - 11/13/14 01:21 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Sooner N TX]
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Let's face it they don't taste the great. There are ways to eat them that make them taste better but I would venture to say no one hunts ducks because they taste good. There ain't a duck worth plucking is what I'm getting at.

If you want kill something that tastes good take up deer/elk hunting. Also, if you want to nip this in the bud. Bring two home and ask her to pluck one while you do....she too will come to the same conclusion. It ain't worth the effort.

Buddy of mine in LA has a plucking person they take their ducks too. I've had some and they do it will a machine that looks just like the pluckers you see that is a wheel that goes in a drill. There are feathers EVERYWHERE. They are doing thousands of birds a year and getting paid, that might be the only way plucking would make sense to me.

Good luck and sorry to be a buzz kill.
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#5418304 - 11/13/14 01:22 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: ARQuacker]
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#5418379 - 11/13/14 01:44 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Sooner N TX]
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Thanks for the info, John Paul. You hit the nail on the head with my thoughts on wax. I just wondered if there was a better way than by hand. As my dad would say before starting a job that sucks and there is no planning or trick or fancy tool that will make it any better: "There's nothing to it but to do it."

He would say this before such wonderful adventures as cleaning out the garage, scraping up linoleum and any plumbing project. Normally, this was said after standing, staring at said project for a few minutes accompanied by a few "Hmmm..."'s and the occasional grunt.

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#5418395 - 11/13/14 01:52 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Sooner N TX]
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I like to pluck the breasts of canvasbacks and teal then cut them out, other birds just get filleted and thrown into the freezer for the duck sausage pile. I've plucked a couple whole ducks and about 10% of the work is the breast and 90% of the work is gutting it and plucking the rest of the bird around all the joints/crevices. Just a TON of work. Breast goes fast.

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#5418431 - 11/13/14 02:07 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Judd]
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Originally Posted By: Judd
Let's face it they don't taste the great. There are ways to eat them that make them taste better but I would venture to say no one hunts ducks because they taste good. There ain't a duck worth plucking is what I'm getting at.

If you want kill something that tastes good take up deer/elk hunting. Also, if you want to nip this in the bud. Bring two home and ask her to pluck one while you do....she too will come to the same conclusion. It ain't worth the effort.

Buddy of mine in LA has a plucking person they take their ducks too. I've had some and they do it will a machine that looks just like the pluckers you see that is a wheel that goes in a drill. There are feathers EVERYWHERE. They are doing thousands of birds a year and getting paid, that might be the only way plucking would make sense to me.

Good luck and sorry to be a buzz kill.


Judd your over your head here...I had 2 gray ducks and a canvasback that I plucked (just the breast) and cooked on the smoker last night. it was so good that if you put it on top of your head your tongue would beat you to death trying to get to it. I bet if Jason Aldean had a song about duck breasts on dirt roads you'd like it.
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#5418450 - 11/13/14 02:15 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: garrett]
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Originally Posted By: garrett
it was so good that if you put it on top of your head your tongue would beat you to death trying to get to it. I bet if Jason Aldean had a song about duck breasts on dirt roads you'd like it.


Made me laugh. Out loud. Best two sentences I have read today! You, sir, win the interwebs today.

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#5418458 - 11/13/14 02:18 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Sooner N TX]
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Hank Shaw is awesome. Check out his web site.

How to pluck a duck
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VFtVqBKjWFs

http://honest-food.net/wild-game/

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#5418469 - 11/13/14 02:21 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Sooner N TX]
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you pluck it while it's still warm the down comes out very easy

the method that most folks use is dip the duck in hot scalding water,
that semi cook the skin , makes it tougher and causes the follicle area to stiffen
making it easy to pull/pluck

I got lazy last year and just pluck the down and other bodily feathers
I cut the wings off (not any meat there worth picking )

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#5418488 - 11/13/14 02:29 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Sooner N TX]
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Originally Posted By: Sooner N TX
Originally Posted By: garrett
it was so good that if you put it on top of your head your tongue would beat you to death trying to get to it. I bet if Jason Aldean had a song about duck breasts on dirt roads you'd like it.


Made me laugh. Out loud. Best two sentences I have read today! You, sir, win the interwebs today.


X2!!! rofl

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#5418525 - 11/13/14 02:50 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Sooner N TX]
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A pickin house a t 3 bucks a bird.
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#5418532 - 11/13/14 02:53 PM Re: Preferred plucking meathod [Re: Sooner N TX]
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My Granny growing up would not trust anyone else to pluck them which was great for me. She would as someone above said dip them in boiling water before plucking and then set some paper on fire and singe any remaining feathers off.

I had to laugh at the breast on head and tonque line- hers roasted with a cornbread stuffing were almost that good.

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