OK. I finally got up the nerve to attempt my first butcher. A few have been crowing, and even though they re much too small to make a good meal, I know the neighbor who has been harrassing me with calls to police and code enforcement will be looking for anything to report. So, at 6:30 this AM, I decided to just do one to see if I could do it. I didn't want a huge mess, so I decided to just climb in to the tub and sit on the edge. It was actually a good idea. I had handheld showerhead to wash everything down with in the end. I won't give too many details, but here is my what would I do different next time list: Strip - no sense in getting blood on my clothes if nobody is around to see me. Buy a killing cone. I made a make shift out of some PVC mesh and it worked well, except that I had a hard time getting the neck down far enough to do the deed. Your knife can never be sharp enough. I sharpened my knife before, but I think that a fillet knife may work better than the paring knife I used. A thinner point is needed to get in deep enough to reach the vessel quickly and easily. Don't forget to bring a garbage can and a basin to throw the innard and offal into. Very Hot water from the tap (if you have your water heater set fairly high) will work to lossen up the feathers for plucking.... But you may need to respray after a few minutes of plucking. So, one down and 1 each day until the crowing stops. I have found that if I don't work myself up about it, I am not really that upset about it. Once the head was removed, and some of the feathers gone, it quit being a dead bird, and started becoming food in my mind.