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How to pluck & dress a chicken - Picture guide 
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Post How to pluck & dress a chicken - Picture guide
I hope that this little bit might be of help to folks. :thumbright

I hope its not a matter of me trying to teach my grandmother how to suck eggs, but it was actually my grandmother who many years ago taught me how to pluck a chicken.

The other morning, I pulled and broke the neck of this Light Sussex cockerel. Using bailer twine I then suspended it from the beam of one of our outbuildings and commenced plucking it.

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I took it nice and steady, so as not to risk ripping the skin.


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It didn't take too long to make some visible signs of progress. The tail feathers were pretty easy.


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Its looking a bit more like a chicken you'd buy from the supermarket now.


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The last job I did outside, was to remove the head and the very ends of the wings.


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Into the house now.


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I made an incision vertically up the vent so that I can get my hand into the body cavity. I then pull the intestine and body organs out. I run cold water through the chicken to clean it.


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I cut the neck from the chicken and retain it along with the gizzard and heart to make the gravy.


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I prepare the gizzard by cutting it open and removing the grit and food stuff. I also pull the lining away from the gizzard and discard it.


It was tricky taking the photographs because I was on my own,but I have a few more chickens to despatch. If there are any steps that you are not sure about, I be happy to go over it again


Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:38 pm
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Post Re: Dressed 5 light sussex & 1 x breed
Might be sucking eggs for some, but the photo instruction was really interesting to me! :)

Did you dunk the bird in hot water before plucking, or do you have another trick to stop the feathers from tightening in the skin?

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Post Re: Dressed 5 light sussex & 1 x breed
i always hang to pluck too, much easier and cleaner, looks like you dry plucked as the feathers are dry, is it much harder? i wet pluck after a hot dunk.
i noticed you cut off the wing tips, smart move, beats pulling wing tips. :lol:
great photos.

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Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:17 pm
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Post Re: Dressed 5 light sussex & 1 x breed
Longclaw wrote:
Might be sucking eggs for some, but the photo instruction was really interesting to me! :)

Did you dunk the bird in hot water before plucking, or do you have another trick to stop the feathers from tightening in the skin?


No smart move, I only dunk if the chicken is lousy with creepy crawlies. A matter of self preservation really, I don't mind dry plucking. :thumbright

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Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:34 pm
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Post Re: Dressed 5 light sussex & 1 x breed
I will probably have to do our first three this weekend, so good timing I say...

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Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:43 pm
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Post Re: Dressed 5 light sussex & 1 x breed
We dunk in hot water. Means the feathers stick to your fingers but come out easier.


Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:58 pm
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Post Re: How to pluck & dress a chicken - Picture guide
A friend of mine dunks in warm sea water and claims it’s a little easier that way, yep she lives on the coast

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Post Re: How to pluck & dress a chicken - Picture guide
pluck and season at the same time, clever. :lol:

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Post Re: How to pluck & dress a chicken - Picture guide
Having a closer look at this now that the time may be coming for me to actually do it, how did you remove the legs?
It looks like you just cut through the knuckle, is that correct?

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Yep I just hit the knuckle with a cleaver, works like a charm :)

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