After 3 weeks of increasingly frantic searching, I have come to grips with the fact that I will have to process my Xrocks myself. Saturday, DH and I are going to celebrate our 17th anniversary by butchering the first 5-10 chickens (the really big, ornery ones). We should do more -- we have 15 more coming Tues. -- but I think the advice Ive seen here re. letting the late bloomers mature more has convinced me that waiting will pay off. The two things I dont understand about the process are: 1) Does the vent have to be removed, and how does one do that? 2) Through which end does one remove the innards? I am adding one thing to the excellent tools list mentioned on this forum -- rock salt. After skinning the chickens (good thing I read the threads here first; Id have done a Y cut a la High School bio class), Im going to scrape the hide and rub it down with salt to dry it. Our convenience store here in town sells bait; Im hoping there are some fly-tiers among their clientele as well. Or, I could try to set up a booth at Gizzard Fest in Potterville June 8-10.