We purchased a "Power Plucker" with the hopes it would help pluck the feathers off of the birds easier and faster than by hand. Watch the video and let me know what you think.
It really cut down on the time it took to process the birds. From beginning to end, set up, boiling of water, and the actual processing of 6 birds, took us no more than an hour. The others that have processed chickens before, thought it well worth the 30 bucks we paid.
I worked through the whole process, and yes it was gross, but not to the point where I could not participate. We baked our chickens off and served them up. They were not as tender as the store bought variety, the dark meat was darker and the breast meat was smaller/less. Miss Izzy is a happy camper, eating the leftovers. I don't think these smaller roosters were really meant to be eaten, as they are not considered dual purpose. It was a learning experience for sure.
I figured there are enough videos online, showing the processing itself, that I wouldn't waste your time here.
The feathers were sure flying!