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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:22 am 
Hi guys,

A few of my Indian runners are biting the dust this weekend for Australia day festivites. I've never topped one before, any hot tips?


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This is from my partner:
Put detergent in hot water to soften the feathers to make them easier for plucking.
Do the chop quick!

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I have shot wild duck before, which often involves adminstering a "coup de grace" after the deed. I have found that their necks are very very weak and the merciful blow achieves instant results.

With this in mind I postulate that a decent pair of garden shears would do the job, but have yet to put it to the test. I have read that traditionally in many parts of the world they dispatch of them with a pair of scissors. The advantage of this method is that it can be done with the animal in an upright position, which would be much less stressful than being held down on a block of wood.


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I had to do this recently to an injured duck and found a good, sharp knife was sufficient. :cry:

Beware, the initial resistance caused by the feathers was quite significant. A chopping motion won't do it (unless you have a cleaver), you need to "slice" or "saw" as you push the blade down.

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pretty well covered in this piece http://www.backyardpoultry.com/articles ... r_food.pdf

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