I did my first ducks today with the help if a new friend who has done her own meat chickens and turkeys many times. I forgot the dawn in he water for the first one. . Dipping it again cooked it partially so the skin ripped. The duck wax went well, but it was temperamental. One we ended up skinning, and it was like skinning a deer; it didn't pull off like a chicken, but needed to be cut. My friends husband did that, and it took quite a bit of time. Is there a better way? Is there something we should do before dipping in the hot water? Also, please share your most humane killing technique. We did the throat slit, like the chickens, but without the brain stab first. It was tough for the two of us to hold the duck down; they didnt fit in the cone. doing a brain stab did not seem like the wise thing to do with all the thrashing. (I did fillet my own finger when one jumped unexpectedly!) Cutting through the neck was almost impossible. I was horrified at how long it seemed to take. Even when we broke the neck it still seemed to take much longer than chickens. There must be a better, more humane way. After all, we do this because we want to do it right and take responsibility- for the animal from start to finish.