I believe the best way to kill a chicken is to have someone hold it upside down. With a very, very sharp knife, the other person puts the blade against the skin (not feathers) high up toward where the neck joins the head. Then slit swiftly and firmly. The bird will almost immediatley close its eyes and flapping will be minimal, with the first person still holding onto the legs. I have had the personal experience of hemorrhaging and it would not have been frightening at all, had I not known what it meant. I just wanted to sleep. Kind of like when one is being awakened by the nurses after anesthesia. Most of us just want to sleep. I've read that bleeding out results in better tasteing meat. I do not know if that is true, but when the head is cut off, it does not bleed as well. Like many people who have commented, I hate the process of killing and am debating if we will raise meat birds this year. However, the meat tastes twenty times better than store bought so...we'll see. Also, like many who have posted here, I abhore anything less than humane, quick death in an animal. If I do explore the idea of having a processing plant do it for me, I will have to approve of their methods, but that is a resource I never thought of. The other thing is, I don't want them switching up the meat on me, which I've heard some do. Okay, that is my take on things.