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I am raising some ducks for the first time for meat. What is the easiest and most humane way to slaughter a duck? Any suggestions on how to make the dressing smoothly?

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Originally Posted by benjensen842 

I am raising some ducks for the first time for meat. What is the easiest and most humane way to slaughter a duck? Any suggestions on how to make the dressing smoothly?


Do you know what a slaughter cone is? your best bet is to place them in such a cone with their head hanging out the bottom and their wings restrained by the cone. A sharp rap to the back of the head will either kill them or knock them out while their neck is cut so the blood will drain quickly. After they have bled out it is pretty much like chickens, add a little detergent to the scald water to get by the waterproofing and don't forget to remove the oil gland by the tail.

~gd  Backyard ducks and geese.
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~gd  Backyard ducks and geese.
Amprolium medicated feed is SAFE for waterfowl! Your money, your waterfowl, your Choice.
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OH my, rest in peace  hmm

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I was wondering if anyone knows of a good butchering tutorial, from start to finish, for ducks?
I am about to cull about 8 of my flock for the first time, and I havent found a comprehensive tutorial, about ducks specifically, start to finish. I grew up in a house where we ate duck but my Dad always skinned them so I am out of knowledge with the plucking and gland removal. I suppose I could just take them one at a time...

And benjensen842- I am no help in the butchering advice, I was going to ask the question myself, but you did it for me, Thank you!

Just one aging punk, her husband, two boys, Watermelon the cat, Morgan the dog, 12 Ancona ducks, 16 Muscovy, and 5 American Buff geese and 4 Embden geese, trying to live a slower, simpler, self sustaining life.
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Just one aging punk, her husband, two boys, Watermelon the cat, Morgan the dog, 12 Ancona ducks, 16 Muscovy, and 5 American Buff geese and 4 Embden geese, trying to live a slower, simpler, self sustaining life.
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BTW Japanese,mille fleur Jap project,  corturnix quail, some red chickens I got at TSC, one EE and 2 EE chicks, and some really poor pyncheons, 10 ducks and 2 welsh harlequin ducklings,  one pheasant hen, one pheasant chick, one MFC chick, 2 Norwegian Jaerhon chicks.
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BTW Japanese,mille fleur Jap project,  corturnix quail, some red chickens I got at TSC, one EE and 2 EE chicks, and some really poor pyncheons, 10 ducks and 2 welsh harlequin ducklings,  one pheasant hen, one pheasant chick, one MFC chick, 2 Norwegian Jaerhon chicks.
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I am raising dual purpose ducks....but so far I am so in love with the goofy things I haven't had the heart to butcher any of them tongue

(I am such a marshmallow)

7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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If anyone tries the second method, here are some additional tips
The time to butcher is important with ducks, you want to do it after any molt is complete otherwise you will be pulling pinfeathers forever.
Don't have the scalding water too hot, you are not cooking the bird, just loosing its feathers. you should be able to handle the bird as soon as it is scalded. Add some food safe detergent to the scald water to help it penatrate the waterproof feathers and get down to the skin where the heat is needed.
After the rough plucking is completed use DUXWAX to remove the down and 'hairy' feathers. Duxwax is a mixture of wax and rosin and is available at the older poultry supply houses. You use it like ladies use wax to remove hair. You dip the duck in the melted wax than cold water to set the wax. It peels off fairly easily and brings everything off with it.
Fianlly allow the bird to rest before cooking or freezing. In the refrig. or on ice at least overnight, 24 hours is better. This allows the meat to 'relax' and it will be much more tender when cooked.
Don't forget the 'giblets', the neck makes wonderfull stock for gravy,the heart and liver are mighty fine eating, the gizzard isn't bad but it takes some effort to clean and is usually tough, I usually toss it.
I hoped this helped and remember it is going to take at least twice as long to process a duck as it does a chicken. ~gd

~gd  Backyard ducks and geese.
Amprolium medicated feed is SAFE for waterfowl! Your money, your waterfowl, your Choice.
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~gd  Backyard ducks and geese.
Amprolium medicated feed is SAFE for waterfowl! Your money, your waterfowl, your Choice.
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Originally Posted by goosedragon 

After the rough plucking is completed use DUXWAX to remove the down and 'hairy' feathers. Duxwax is a mixture of wax and rosin and is available at the older poultry supply houses.


DUXWAX is very expensive, over $10 for a three pound block from these poultry houses.  If you go to Blended Waxes , you can get it for $20 for a 10 lb slab or $80 for 50 lbs.  The product sheet is here.

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