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Slaughtering your own chicken ... how to de-feather?

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Slaughtering your own chicken ... how to de-feather?

ipsedixit | May 13, 2010 09:39 AM

This weekend, a friend and I will attempt to slaughter our first chicken and hopefully make the best roast bird that either of us have ever tasted.

The cooking part we can take care of.

We can also handle grabbing the chicken, knocking it out cold, and cutting its throat.

It's the next part that is giving us a bit of a pause.

How to de-feather the chicken?

We've seen videos of operations using these large washing machine like structures with rubber fingers that essentially spin and strip the chicken of all its feathers.

Well, we don't have one these contraptions.

So, my question to the Chowhound gurus, are we left to our own devices (hands and shears) to de-feather this bird?

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