Have you ever purchased something then had no idea what to do with it? Well, below is a step by step tutorial on how to remove feathers from a duck (or chicken, goose, etc. if you prefer).
1. Pluck the feathers
To begin the process, you want to first dry pluck as many feathers as possible. This will make it easier for the wax to adhere to the pinfeathers.
2. Heat the Water
You want to heat up a large pot of water until the temperature is about 160°F. This temperature is the optimal application temperature for the duck wax. This hot water will melt the wax, which will then float on top of the water.
NOTE: If the water is boiling it is too hot. Boiling water will not allow for a nice, even coating of the wax.
3. Add the Wax
Next, you’ll need to add the wax into the water. A good ratio of wax to water is 25% wax to 75% water. Break the block of duck wax into the pot and allow for the wax to melt and surface to the top.
4. Dip the bird
Once the water is heated and the wax is melted, it is time to dip the bird. All you have to do is dip the bird in the wax for a few seconds and then pull it out.
TIP: If you find that the wax coating on the bird is too thin, you may be dipping at too high of temperatures. Simply cool down the wax and water mixture and your results will improve. If your coating is too thick, you need to increase the temperature of the wax and water mixture.
5. Let Wax Harden
After you dip the bird into the wax it is time to wait for the wax to harden. The wax typically hardens within a few minutes, depending on how thick the wax coat on the bird is.
6. Peel the Wax
After the wax is hardened, you can peel off the wax and the pinfeathers in nice smooth strips. Your end product will be a nice smooth, feather-free bird.
For more information on duck wax, download our Duck Wax Instructions.
So now that you know how to get those pesky feathers removed, you can feel better buying your duck wax here.