For waterfowl hunters, duck wax is an important supply to have on hand during hunting season. Duck wax helps remove pinfeathers from waterfowl. The wax sticks to the tiny feathers and pulls them out in one clean strip. Follow these step-by-step instructions to learn how to use duck wax:
1. Pluck The Feathers
First, pick out as many of the larger feathers as you can from the bird. If the larger feathers are removed, it will make the wax easier to adhere to the pinfeathers.
2. Heat Water
Fill a large stock pot with a 75 percent water to 25 percent duck wax mix. Heat the water and wax mix to 160℉ – the optimal application temperature. If the water is boiling, it is too hot and won’t allow for an even coating. When the wax is ready, it will float to the top of the water. The floating wax should be about one to two inches thick on top of the water.
3. Chill Tank
Set up a chill tank to help the wax set quickly. A large basin filled with cold water and ice will work great to dip the bird in.
After the bird is prepared, the wax is melted at the proper temperature and the chill tank is ready, it is time to dip the bird. Dip the bird in the wax and water mixture for a few seconds to coat it. If you find the wax coating on the bird is too thin, then the water and wax mixture is too hot. After the bird is coated, put it in the chill tank to set the wax and allow it to harden.
After the wax is completely hardened, you can peel the wax and pinfeathers off the bird in smooth strips. The end product will be a feather-free bird.
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