I was contacted by a woman who bought a straight run batch of mixed ducks and ended up with 8 males that were all mature and tearing up the 3 females. They were all healthy and organic backyard birds, and we decided it would be easier for first time processing to do it to a duck we hadn't met before. It wasn't too bad! We set up a chopping block, sharpened up the hatchet, severed the head for a clean painless kill, drained for a couple of hours, then set about dry plucking this one-- we decided to try every method at least once to see what worked best. The feathers slipped out of this rouen beautifully. We halved and roasted him with rosemary and seasonings skin on, and I can tell you, the fella did not die in vain Very lean and fine eating.