We ate two of the drakes, roasted, for dinner Friday night. The two-month-old bird was scrumptious. The four-month-old was a little chewier, but still decent. We definitely preferred the younger one. We plan to try butchering some more right before the next molt, probably at around 12.5 weeks of age. As you can see from the picture, it was yummy enough that some of it was gone before I could even get my camera out.
I caught the tip of my boot while stepping over some three-foot-high poultry netting last week. I caught myself on my folding knee as I fell, and unfortunately my sternum took the bulk of the blow. I seem to have cracked or bruised my sternum or a rib in the vicinity. Deep breaths, extending my arms, and getting up or down are a lot less than comfortable. I’ve been treating it with ice packs, ibuprofen, kinesio tape (Mrs. D. calls me “my X-man” – sorry, no pictures), and as much rest as my stay-at-homestead-dad lifestyle will afford me. So my wife is chipping in with a lot of the lifting I would normally do, and my children have become my hands and feet even more than usual.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I posted at two different forums about the disappointing dressed weight of our Rouen meat ducks, in hopes of getting some feedback. I’ve had no responses at either forum, but BackyardChickens.com deserves special mention, since, despite the lack of any overt policies against external links, “staff” came through and edited both of my posts and gutted them of all hyperlinks to source info. I had linked back to my blog post, and to an article that suggested 12.5 weeks as a butchering age that facilitates plucking.
While they do prohibit the use of their site to promote “competing sites,” presumably other poultry forums, all of my links were essential source material that related to the topic at hand. Having faceless “staff” strip hyperlinks (this is the internet, after all) from posts with no explanation or warning is a sad welcome on a site with as friendly a façade and user base as Backyard Chickens. It’s not like I was promoting sildenafil citrate for roosters or something.
In other news, I discovered last week that the Facebook “follow” button in the right sidebar of this site was not working. Apparently it’s only possible to “follow” individuals on Facebook – pages need to be “liked”. Anyway, I installed a working “like” button in place of the old one, if you want to follow our page on Facebook.