I think a couple things come into play here, the quality of your yard bird is number one, good quality = good flavor. Second, if you like to spend the time removing the skin and fat you can have some great results, but that doesn't mean it will turn out the way you planned every time (its a bird thing). Some like to leave the skin on and untouched, some don't (kinda like some like nutz, some don't). You could always remove the skin and provide a crispy pretty look if you like as well. In any case, yard bird is just nasty to clean at times but seems to always taste great. Well I hope my indecisiveness has helped you to consider your options.
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