Like my username implies, I'm a shochet (though I'm still in training), and I kill chickens.
One problem I have is getting the feathers off the chicken once they're dead. I know that I could buy or build a machine that would do that for me, but buying a machine is expensive, and building one myself would be exciting, but would take a lot of effort.
I've heard that some people dunk their chickens in hot water (which I'm told is called "scalding"), and the feathers just fall off by themselves; however, I can't do that because it creates issues with the kashrus (kosher-ness) of the chicken.
I could also skin them (which is what I've been doing up until now), but I'd rather not because it makes them harder to cook (easier to dry out etc).
What can I do to remove feathers from a deceased chicken?
- Less effort than manual plucking
- Free, or cheap
- Does not involve the use of hot water
- Leaves the skin on