|Two ducklings waiting their turn|
Yesterday I butchered six young drakes. The feathers are very difficult to pluck so I skin them. Most of the fat is in the skin layer so it also makes for a lean meal. We do not feed our birds any corn so they don't put on much fat (I believe the commercial growers finish them on corn to bulk up their weight, corn being cheep and selling the birds by the pound adds to their profit). I remove the wings as they are too difficult to skin and we lose a little weight and meat because of that. Ours dressed out at 4.5 lbs, not bad for no skin or wings, and they are considered "ducklings" - they are not full grown. Full grown Muscovy drakes will dress out around 8 lbs. We slow cook them all day in a crock pot and the dish will give us four meals or so. We have another four to process but will wait another 30 days or so as they are younger.
|"Dispatched" duckling with the box I used in the background|
Pam not only cleaned and wrapped the ducklings yesterday, but made a batch of goat milk/oatmeal soap. All of this accomplished and we still made it to a Halloween potluck dinner by 4 pm. At the outdoor fire ring we talked of our ancestors who have passed before us, I talked of the six ducklings that gave their bodies to us this day for nourishment.
|Pam making goat milk/oatmeal soap|