Last night I skinned my 3rd Mallard (my 7th bird skinning) and it was fatty nightmare. There was at least a half inch of fat and the skin was thinner than tissue paper. It seemed as if it went strait from fat to feathers when fleshing, not to mention is was full of pin feathers. There was so much fat dripping off my fleshing wheel box it made me gag a couple times ;D. I thought my gag reflex was conditioned better than that since I have started maceration on a deer skull :-\. Anyways with that said, as much trouble as it gave me at first, and after renaming that damn bird a few hundered times, I finally feel like I harnessed the feel or "touch" of the wire wheel. After burning a few holes in the back, the fat and flesh just started easily melting away in small layers and I finally feel like I got this bird 110% clean. Now I think I might go back and hit the other 6 birds again just to make sure. I learned a lot on this bird, It gave me fits but I hung with it, I have some sewen to do but I am happy with the outcome. I cant wait to get it mounted up. Thanks to everyone on this site for all the great information you provide. Reading everyones tips and advice got me to this point. I have been reading and studying here for about a year, and you guys and gals are a great inspiration to a beginner like myslef.