We planned to wake up at 6am and butcher our 2 cornish cross chickens. Hubby thought he had it all under control...since he'd seen it done as a kid! It was still too dark, so we drank coffee and watched a YouTube video on how to butcher a chicken! Next, hubby is looking for a rope and a knife. I'm asking, "Why don't you have everything ready? You've known we were planning this all week!". Finally, about 7:30 he gets the chicken hung upside down in the tree. Our son, and I are in the house wringing our hands and pacing the floor. Husband comes in the house and we ask, "Is the chicken dead?" "No, where exactly is the jugular?" he asks ME! I look up the info and tell him. He goes back outside for another minute. When he comes back in we rush up and ask, "Did you do it?" He stomps past us, "No, the knife isn't sharp enough." Husband leaves the house and makes a trip to our local Walmart. Now, son and I are crying because the chicken is just hanging there. Is he suffering? Maybe we should take him down? Maybe he is just hypnotized because he's upside down? We wait. I think about calling someone who is experienced, but my phone battery is dead. I look up the info on BYC and sure enough, it says that chickens can die upside down because they can't breath...Now we really get worried. Husband gets home - I'm glad we didn't take the chicken down. Hubby goes back outside and comes back inside within a few seconds. Son informs me that Dad killed it because he was rinsing blood off the knife! Things got better after that. I heated up the water -again! Next, we all helped in plucking the feathers. At this point, the chicken begins to look like what we are used to seeing at the grocery store. I even found the gutting a little interesting and took over a couple of times. Two hours later (9:30am) we were done with our first chicken and decided to do the other one later this week. Just a recommendation...let someone experienced help you the first time you butcher. AND, have a sharp knife!