And I didn't even have a stiff drink before!
This was my first bird to follow through and process. I had to euthanize two before but was so tramatized from the act of killing them I couldn't process them. This too was a mercy kill from an injury that just wouldn't get better, but I learned from my first two and this time after I did the deed I practiced caponizing then processed for meat he was young and small so I just used the legs and breasts, they are soaking in salted ice water as I type.
I learned a lot from this time also. I learned the importance of fasting prior to processing (not done in this instance). I learned the "trance" that they are supose to go into while hanging upside down doesn't always happen. (this one never did) I learned I need more practice w/ my caponizing mentor before doing it for real. I learned I need better tools for the job. and most of all I learned I CAN do it.
I did the deed w/ a air pellet gun, for me made all the differance in the world, instant death, I know the bird didn't even know it was coming. I got tons of negative comments when I first asked about it (using a gun for the deed) and several supportive and instructional comments, thanks it really helped knowing where exactly to aim.