The ducks are exactly 7 weeks 2 days, from what I've read that is a good age to process because the pin feathers are at a minimum, BS!!!! There were pin feathers all over the place! I ended up skinning it, which was difficult as well. There wasn't very much meat either, seemed hardly worth all the effort, and this was one of the larger Pekins of the group. So I'm not going to process anymore until they are 12 weeks, and I think a plucker is a must. That was not a very good first experience.