Originally Posted by wendychicklawyr
I have tremendous respect for those than can. Hoping to get there ...
The first time is the hardest, like a lot of things. It also gives you a closeness to your food source, and the need to use everything. There is significance in taking a life, and the desire to do it as humanely as possible. This is in direct dichotomy to the Tyson companies that treat their birds badly, and then slaughter them wholesale. When you take your own, you know what it has been eating, and living. And if you do go that route, pull the food for 24 hours. It is a lot less messier that way. Also, I find that putting them upside down, sedates them somewhat, it also gets the majority of the blood out of the carcass. If you have ever cleaned a deer you know blood is slippery and gets in the way. A pretty well drained rooster solves a lot of that.