|8/02/2011: Kipling settles in for his dinner.|
Another upside to the duck necks is that I get to rotate in another protein source - I've purchased ground duck meat and bone, but I haven't bought any recently - my dogs do like duck (they still seem to like beef the best - which together with lamb is the protein I feed the least). If there are local folks who'd like to try some duck necks, you should be in touch, I'm happy to share if you'd like to try some before the next wholesale order (September).
Our 30 pound bundle of duck necks arrived with the rest of the order this afternoon as one solid brick of necks. I thaw cases of dog food in the bath tub - on the plus side the tub is really easy to bleach clean and the mess is totally self contained, on the downside30 minutes later my knees hurt from kneeling on the tile floor breaking the necks apart and my fingertips are FREEZING. So with a bit of time, a lot of ziploc bags and some elbow grease I separated and repackaged approximately 105 necks. For those wishing to do the math that makes each duck neck about 4-5 ounces (chicken necks are approx 2 ounces each, turkey necks 3 (hen) -6 (tom) ounces each).
All three boys had their first duck necks for dinner tonight - though we still have quite a bit of chicken necks to work our way through in the next few weeks as well.