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Today I killed and dressed a young drake, an almost 12 week old Khaki Campbell cross Indian Runner. I am quite pleased with the resulting weight at 1585g. It took me all afternoon because there were a lot of pin feathers coming through which I picked over one by one and I am not very practiced with the process having only done this a few times before. I am yet to remove the liver without damaging it.

It is now resting in the fridge prior to cooking or freezing. I am thinking about 3 days?

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Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:18 pm
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We rest chickens for 48 hours & that seems to do the trick!
Not sure on duck though...

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I put it in the freezer after 2 days, and now it is defrosting again in the fridge for cooking on the weekend. Hopefully it will be fine.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:38 pm
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Hereis a very helpful link on rigor and aging times of various livestock that was posted on another forum.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:42 pm
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We had the duck roasted last night and it was delicious! Firm but not tough flesh and we were picking the carcass. It fed three of us very nicely. it was accompanied by roasted potato, beetroot and parsnip, steamed broccoli, gravy made by poaching the giblets in chicken stock thickened by flour fried in the pan drippings and an awesome home made plum sauce made by a friend.

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Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:42 am
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And you didnt invite us around GG :roll:

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Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:10 am
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saabman wrote:
And you didnt invite us around GG :roll:


maybe next time :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Hi There
I am looking to find a duck that is worth dressing outside Muscovies (they don't float my boat) :cheersarm. No offence to anyone that likes them but they are the better birds for the table I am told.
Have you tried them in an oven bag with a brandy sauce.
I have done duck, in orange and brandy sauce but it was a shop duck not a domestic duck.
So I am guessing the farm duck like farm rooster is much tastier. :study
I have been told to get a pressure cooker but I get nervous with them as my Mum had one when we were kids and it blew the lid off.
Could have been nasty. :o
I dressed some roosters the other day as I did not like their temperament (not from my bloodlines)
I set them in the coldest part of the fridge for 3 days and they quartered up really well.
One of them was a Barnie and he bounced in at 2kg's dressed weight.
He got the last say though he was moulting more than I anticipated but a pair of good tweezers and with the underskin feather's they just push out with a firm squeeze from below the feather itself.
More to go in the next couple of day's.
Having been brought up on a farm and having had it pretty tough you learn that you cannott waste good poultry.
I advertised the boy's and people would take them for nothing, but when I said $5.00 each :scratch
I balk at dressing my two lovely Mallard boys though. :hmm
Heather

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Hey GG that dinner sounded amazing! Well done :)

I hope you dont mind me asking in your thread... I'm planning to cull a heap of my Pekin ducks and I am not sue what to feed them and how long on the feed before killing? I'm thinking maybe a bit of cracked corn with boiled barley or wheat? What did you feed yours? And do you think 2 weeks would be long enough?

Looking forward to a yummy duck dinner now coming in to autumn.

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Sorry can't help you with that. I didn't worry about any special feeding. I am not that fussed about fattening them up.

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