The time is quickly approaching where we will be slaughtering ducks for the first time. We have never done it before, so this is going to be both a learning experience and a heart breaking experience. I’m not going to lie about it, I love our ducks, but the total count as of this weekend are nine drakes and six ducks. Because we only have six ducks, we need to lower the number of drakes we have or separate them. They are being raised for meat and eggs, as well as for breeding, but I get this twinge in my stomach as Dom and I watch endless videos on how to slaughter a duck. I knew this time would be coming, and intellectually its always easier to handle than the actual execution of the task, but it does need to be done. We’re raising them with the intention of eating them…the question is, are you all ready to see what it takes to raise ducklings so sweet and peeping all over the place, to slaughtering them and finally preparing them and eating them…from our back courtyard to our plate?
I’ll be documenting everything with both video and photo. I believe that it’s so important for people to understand where our food comes from, whether we are raising our animals as food or you get your meat from the refrigerated section of the store, all animals meet their death so we can eat, I just want to give my animals the very best life before they die. I’ll post a warning on our blog the day before I actually post the slaughter video and photos.
Today Dom and I will be deciding the temporary location for us to slaughter. We will be building a slaughter house, but that won’t be for awhile, so we need to have something else in place in the mean time. If you are a homesteader and have slaughtered your ducks for food, please leave a comment with any wisdom you may have on the subject. We want to do this right!
Here are a few photos of the pond in progress…its a slow but steady process!
The forms were taken off, and Dom filled the inner area with dirt and tamped it down. The same will be done with the exterior and the concrete half wall will be buried, adding strength so we don’t blow out the wall with the weight of the water.
Simmi looking adoringly at her Poppie!
The ducks are gonna love their new home when its complete!