Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Did you ever get really tired of a particular type of animal?

Like... say... ducks?



Then, next thing you know, you've removed their heads, plucked and gutted them, then put them in your freezer, where they reside until slow-roasted into a series of delicious, gourmet dinners?

There's only so much noise a guy can handle before he quacks up...

Side note: ducks are a royal pain to pluck. Omigosh holy mackerel for serious.

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At July 9, 2013 at 8:56 AM , Blogger Leon said...

> Side note: ducks are a royal pain to pluck

They're much easier to pluck at certain times ... I think - right after the molt when they don't have new pinfeathers yet (you may want to double check - it's been a while). Also, I think water needs to be hotter than for chickens.

Are you guys coming on the 20th?

 
At July 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

I forgot about the 20th - would you e-mail me details? davidyenergoodman (at) gmail (dot) com.

You're right about the pinfeathers - we were late on slaughtering them. Interesting on the water - I'll bet that's true. We had to dunk them multiple times. The water runs right off... like water off a duck's back.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 5:04 PM , Blogger Chris said...

Check out these chicken plucker plans (you can convert from an old washing machine)
http://whizbangbooks.blogspot.com/

 
At July 17, 2013 at 5:16 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Yeah - Herrick Kimball is the bomb. I bought his wheel hoe hardware and built it last month... great little machine. The plucker is a bit more involved, but it's on my long-term list.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 4:06 AM , Blogger Chris said...

...and then I saw the link to Planet Whizbang on your sidebar. you're already one step ahead. LOL

 
At July 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM , Blogger Donna Vaughn said...

There's a vid on youtube where a guys uses paffin wax to remove their feathers. I love the opening statement. I feel you on that one. And the amount of food they consume!!! And messy! "Nematodes are little worms that chew up roots, reducing plant vigor and generally messing up your plans for a healthy garden.
We hates them, precious. We do!" - loved this as well :)

 
At July 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Duck waxing. Nice.

Seriously... ducks are total pigs. We mixed them up with our chickens... and since they left this sphere for a better place, the poultry waterers are staying full... the feed levers are dropping at a much lower rate... and there are no horrible quacking sounds irritating me every time I walk through the yard.

 

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