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HOW TO OPTIMIZE CHICKEN FEATHER PLUCKING DURING PROCESSING
Bleed tunnel
Carcasses should not remain in the blood tunnel for in
excess of 3.30 minutes to avoid rigor mortis.

Scalding
Carcasses must be properly immersed in the scalder.
If birds remain at the surface of the scalding tank, the tail
and wing feathers will remain above the water line, their
follicles will not properly dilate and the feathers will
not loosen. Similarly, if there is uneven water
turbulence in the scalding tank, and birds are
not fully immersed, the same situation will arise
with other feather follicles.

Plucking
In addition to the particular difficulties presented by
tail and wing feathers, you will need higher temperatures
for remove effectively those feathers around the head and

the cuticle that covers the thigh joint.
Removal of wing feathers can be aided by angling the
plucker toward the exit, but too often processors choose to
increase the pressure applied by the plucking fingers to remove wing weathers with the risk of carcass damage.
When the above steps are not properly followed, it is
tempting overly adjust the plucking fingers, but care should
be taken not to damage the skin or to dislocate bones, and

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too much adjustment can result in carcass damage.
It is also important to not allow shackled birds to build
up at the entrance to the pluckers as this can result in carcass damage. The shackles should always be vertical, and

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Poultry International - March 2018

Poultry International - March 2018
Contents
Editor’s Comment
News
Brazilian poultry industry outlook positive for 2018
Why European egg production may be flat in 2018
VIV Europe to address challenges for food, ag sectors
Moy Park opens UK’s largest single-build hatchery
French chicken farmer shares antibiotic-free success
3 animal antibiotics, human health risk questions answered
Tips for feeding chickens in a start-up poultry business
How to optimize chicken feather plucking during processing
Products
Marketplace
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Poultry International - March 2018 - BB2
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Poultry International - March 2018 - Cover2
Poultry International - March 2018 - Contents
Poultry International - March 2018 - Editor’s Comment
Poultry International - March 2018 - 3
Poultry International - March 2018 - News
Poultry International - March 2018 - 5
Poultry International - March 2018 - Brazilian poultry industry outlook positive for 2018
Poultry International - March 2018 - 7
Poultry International - March 2018 - 8
Poultry International - March 2018 - 9
Poultry International - March 2018 - Why European egg production may be flat in 2018
Poultry International - March 2018 - 11
Poultry International - March 2018 - 12
Poultry International - March 2018 - 13
Poultry International - March 2018 - VIV Europe to address challenges for food, ag sectors
Poultry International - March 2018 - 15
Poultry International - March 2018 - Moy Park opens UK’s largest single-build hatchery
Poultry International - March 2018 - 17
Poultry International - March 2018 - French chicken farmer shares antibiotic-free success
Poultry International - March 2018 - 19
Poultry International - March 2018 - 20
Poultry International - March 2018 - 21
Poultry International - March 2018 - 3 animal antibiotics, human health risk questions answered
Poultry International - March 2018 - 23
Poultry International - March 2018 - 24
Poultry International - March 2018 - 25
Poultry International - March 2018 - Tips for feeding chickens in a start-up poultry business
Poultry International - March 2018 - 27
Poultry International - March 2018 - 28
Poultry International - March 2018 - 29
Poultry International - March 2018 - How to optimize chicken feather plucking during processing
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Poultry International - March 2018 - Products
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Poultry International - March 2018 - 38
Poultry International - March 2018 - Marketplace
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