Thanks for the thoughts. I want to ask because I can take what you say 2 ways.
Do you mean...
1. If I did a thourough job of defat'n the bird. Probably what you meant.
2. If i did a "good" job of defat'n the bird and not too rough. Can I hurt the bird in the defat'n process with a wheel? I am moving the wheel so lightly across that I barely touch each "layer" of fat till I get to skin and usually without heating the skin at all.
My first bird was pathetic in this area. Then I learned how to get down to what was actually the skin and feather tracks and saw what people were talking about with the fat between them. The old squaw are done pretty thourough by my small knowledge level, but I did attempt to get all fat off the skin from beak to butt...
The wash routine affecting this I'm very interested in also. There seems to be dozens of ways, temperatures and soaking agents to use for doing ducks in the forum. What I eventually settled on was this and would WELCOME all thoughts on what I'm doing wrong if I am on this stage...
1. I put I get done defat'n I put d-duck in d-plastic sink.
2. I fill it with hot (tap) water and a good squirt of dawn that I pre-mixed in a cup first.
3. Then I carefully go over the inside/skin area rubbing soapy water around and just agitate the entire thing.
4. I let it soak for about 10 minutes to release the gelatinized fat.
5. I repeat these steps about 3 times but use warm water and the last 2 times I do the feathers by moving my hands around the body, wings and neck looking for any blood, dirt and fat that got on them
6. I then rinse with warm water repeating as necessary to remove all soap. No agitation, just more like moving the bird back and forth in the water gently. Although I am going to make an outomated rinser I saw on a site with a 5gal bucket and valve.
7. Then I usually freeze the skin in a ziploc and water while I order the manikin parts.
8. When I am ready, I put the frozen duck in warm water for a few hours to thaw it completely.
9. Sometimes I wash it once more.
10. I inspect the skin for any fat missed and then blow dry the entire bird with a hair dryer and a toothbrush to get down into the down as needed. The dryer is warm air, not cool and not hot.
11. Once the feathers are about 90% dry, I then prep the duck for mounting.
12. I then mount it and do a final blow dry / fluffing and set the mount.
13. I then get mad at the feathers not laying down and primp them for a week as they seem to start laying down better each day for a few days straight.
Thats it in a nutshell and somewhat detailed if there is anything there to catch me on.
Any thoughts are WELCOME.
Just the drakes everyone... Take Um...