First.... Conventional foie gras is abuse, and i dont support it. Second.... We eat our ducks and if you dont thats ok, but dont be offended. Third.... I love experiments, and if you do too, follow along! So, i lvoe foie gras after living in france for five hears and having this occasional treat, but its not humane, so thats a bummer. However, there is a spanish guy who is raising geese on pasture and still managing to produce foie gras without the force feeding. He (and generations before him) discovered that in the fall they automatically gorge themselves in preparation for winter. I noticed that my own 2 largest male muscovies were getting quite heavy, stealing the chickens and even the dogs food! So, here is my experiment. Separate the two largest greediest drakes (and give everyone a break!!) and give them unlimited feed. They will be processed in two weeks anyway for christmas presents. I will photograph the carcass and we can examine the liver together. either way it will be eaten, but if it is buttery and foie gras like, all the better! Has anyone tried this? Again, there will be no force feedings, just separation and free feeding.