|Two of the ducks (female), 5 1/2 weeks old|
|One of the drakes (male), 5 1/2 weeks old|
ourselves. Then we found out about a poultry processing plant nearby that does them, packages them up and freezes them, and we thought that would save us the effort. Then we found out that they no longer do ducks. Now we aren't so sure we want to go to the effort of learning to do it ourselves, so we've put the drakes up for sale on craigslist. So far, there have been no responses. From the reading I've done, it sounds like the best time for butchering will be in another 2-3 weeks or so. We've been so busy, I don't know that we need another project, but I guess it'll have to be done, and we may have to do it.
I was realizing that for centuries, probably the majority of families did this kind of thing themselves all the time. It was probably only the few wealthiest folks who didn't. We've gotten so disconnected with our food sources! I think it's good to have a better recognition of where our food comes from...the garden, the fowl and animals...and appreciate what our Creator has given us. Thanking Him for the provision of our food will take on new meaning as we butcher our own.
It's kind of nice that the drakes are just "the drakes" en masse, and I don't think losing them will be a problem. ...Then there's Whitey. I can't help it. He is just too cute and too different from the others, I want to keep him. He's fatter and slower and easier to catch than the rest. He sits down a lot, and the others step on him frequently. I've decided to keep him around, at least for a while, so I guess it'll be "Whitey and the girls". I want to see what he's like as a bigger duck. I want to keep in mind that he may very well become dinner, and may nickname him "Thanksgiving", but we'll see as time goes on.
|Whitey ("Thanksgiving"?) - 5 1/2 weeks old|