Mark, I did see it as abrupt, but then that is just the way I see things sometimes I guess. I reacted to what you said and I am sorry too for acting that way, I accept this apology, but probably, really, no apology was really needed. It's OK, truly.
I take my hat off to you that you can take care of anything stock that you process, that is alot of work. Like I said, I have seen it here. My Sister has no issues with any part of the processing of food. Sometimes it is just so much more quickly done (like when you have 15 large birds to deal with) at the slaughter house. She watches the killer dude and she knows what he does, that is good too. And probably, one day, I will be able to actually take part in this work, and save a little bit of money.
But honestly Mark, maybe $5.00 gas, 2 hours personal time to drive there and back, including the processing of the ducks, $1.00 per bird. All done, from placing the birds into cages, travel, slaughter. We can have them ready for our freezer in about 4 hours. And there is no mess. It really is not that much.
Our neighbour has a killer dude that comes to her house when it is chicken slaughter time, now that is fast and inexpensive too. He does not do the ducks though, only chickens. She can have 100 birds done in about an hour there, it is really really worth every penny of it.
So I guess there are pros and cons with everything. Have a fantastic day, Cindi