2012年9月11日火曜日

Goodbye ducks.

Look how big they got!
(August 12, the day before they left.)

Knock on wood or fingers crossed or whatever you like but duck-shepherding was much easier this year than last. They were really quite well behaved and/ or our fences were better or something. Absolutely know runaways for a start!

And now they're gone.

Another duck goodbye to ducks, another season almost over....

And rice harvest ahead of us...


4 件のコメント:

jojoebi さんのコメント...

where did they go?

Gina さんのコメント...

Wow! Your little quackers grew into great big quackers, didn't they! ; )

I can see the seasons starting to change here too. : )

Burt さんのコメント...

That's such a great system. The ducks are a nice size near the end of the season.

Duck confit?

thefukases さんのコメント...

I can't remember if you and H are vegan or just H Jo but please stop reading if you are a member of PETA.

The ducks go to a fattening farm (a small rice field set aside for that purpose) with about another 150 ducks and they stay there getting bigger and fatter until November when all the duck farmers get together over a three day weekend and the ducks are very humanely and quickly and quietly (we are literally across the road from a supermarket and noone even notices so I mean super quiet!) killed, bled, plucked, butchered and put into ziplock bags and frozen in easy use two leg, two breast portions. The innards are cleaned and bagged seperatley for those who so desire and excess fat is saved for rendering. It's all really respectful and I thought I would hate it but the conversation is really interesting due to the common interest in organic farming and I always go for the job of plucking anyway so I avoid any moral dilemmas. :)

And Burt- my cofarmer made amazing confit. I used mine mostly in cassoulet and curry.