I've been raising domestic ducks on my property for three years. This year, I would like to roast one particularly aggressive drake for Thanksgiving. I'm hoping some experienced hunters would share methods for plucking and gutting the whole duck (breasting seems a waste with my large breed ducks).
What is your preferred method for removing feathers: wax, hot water, skinning, dry plucking, scorching? How do you prevent the skin from tearing when you pluck?
Do I need to bleed him? What about gutting--Is there an oil gland I need to remove? Can I pull the gizzard out with the other organs if I cut him from vent to sternum? Is there anything else I need to remove? Where/how do I cut the neck?
Thanks in advance for your advice.