I tried it last weekend with three Nodak drake mallards. I used the Johnsonville Italian sausage (same brand/style as Johnsonville brats). I boiled the sausages for about 20 minutes prior to cooking and I also added 2-3 cups of water to the recipe. I fished out most of the Italian sausage and fed it to the neighbor's dog (you should see the brown streaks in his backyard!). Other than that, a bit too spicy but not bad.