The deed is done

The ducks are gone…well in the freezer.

Two nights, 4 ducks a night. It took two of us 2 hours each night start to finish. I had to do most of the “dirty” work. He caught them and held them down in the cone. He also helped skin/pluck them. I however got to do all of the “inside jobs” 😝.

I am looking forward to doing something different with the space they lived in. It will take some time for the yard to be usable again. I don’t regret the experience, but I wish we had ended it sooner.

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Half way there

So, we’ve gone and done it…started a project we were both dreading. 4 ducks have been butchered and frozen. 4 more will be done tonight as long as all goes smoothly.

We started with the named birds, so that we wouldn’t give in and say having only 4 would be easier to care for, or less of an expense.

I am looking forward to not having my property smell like a farm, or needing winter boots to trudge through the “mud” the ducks made in search of eggs. We enjoyed some of our duck raising adventure, but we are done.

Hopefully I will busy cleaning out the duck house tomorrow.😉

Putting off tasks

Do you ever put off difficult tasks? I sure do. For example…we have 8 ducks. 7 females and one male. They give us eggs, and have provided ducklings, but we are so done with them. My husband and I have been saying for months that we need to butcher them and use the space they inhabit for another purpose. (One that won’t be so messy/smelly/ time consuming.) 4 of the birds have names. I’m only slightly attached to one of them though. She was mean when we bought her, but she ended up being a very good mother and then became the outcast of the flock. I feel sorry for her and will talk to her the most when I care for the birds. 

When it comes to butchering our birds I am the one who has to make the kill.😞 It will be so hard. I should probably start with her, so I don’t end up leaving her to the end and deciding we could keep just her. 

Cleaning the birds is a lot of work, so we really have to be committed to getting it started bright and early on our one day off together. We set the date a while back, but then the day came and we just didn’t feel up to it. We just purchased another bag of feed, so we have said it will be our last. Hopefully something doesn’t keep us from getting the job done, and we can move on from this experience. 

We have to do it before winter, since keeping heat on so they stay warm and to keep water from freezing gets expensive in New England. 

I was just thinking about this now, because I am boiling a dozen of the eggs I have collected. If we follow through with our plan these may be the last ones I do.😒