Plucking (hair removal)
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In humans, this is done for personal grooming purposes, usually with tweezers. An epilator is a motorised hair plucker. Those under the influence of deliriants or trichotillomania may pluck their own hair out of habit.
Feathers can be removed either manually or in a tumbling machine. Both methods require the feathers to be first loosened by submerging the slaughtered bird in hot water. Manual plucking involves pulling out the larger feathers then removing the down with a rubbing action. Automated plucking machines use rubber posts protruding from the inside of a spinning drum to pull the feathers from the bird. This process takes less than 30 seconds, whereas manual plucking typically takes several minutes.
- Feather-plucking, a behavioural disorder in captive birds
- Hair removal
- Trichotillomania, the compulsive urge to pull out (and in some cases, eat) one's own hair
- Sharma, R.K. "Consice Textbook of Forensic medicine and Toxicology". Global Health Consultants. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
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