Well I was really naive to think I was going to wake up Sunday morning, grab a little breakfast and then get out there and get all the chickens done by noon. HAHAHAAAAAAA what a laugh!
We set up our 'processing station' the night before and then I didn't get started until almost 10 a.m. So the steps were to catch the chicken and kill the chicken and let them bleed out - that took about 5 minutes. Then scald and pluck them - another 5-6 minutes...but the part that took so long was cleaning them. They were smaller birds, so my hand BARELY fit in there to clean them out. I started out using vinyl gloves but ended up just tossing them and getting in there so I could use my fingernails to help.
Too much info? LOL! I think it ended up being like 20 minutes a bird and I did 15 all by myself. There is nothing like the smell of an open body cavity on a hot summer day.
But now I have chicken in my freezer to last me a really long time. The power plucker drill attachment was nice, but I think it would work better on birds with a larger surface area - maybe cornish or cornishX? These little leghorns (probably dressed out to 3lbs) could only benefit from the plucker on the chest and back and I had to pluck wings, tail, armpits, legs, etc.
There are white feathers everywhere - I don't know if I will ever get them all picked up.