Hang with me, the point of this long tale is at the end... Well, I'm officially in over my head. Got excited with 2 layers, so I brooded 8 more, who are about 18 weeks old and I can almost taste the lovely eggs we should start seeing soon. The requests for fresh eggs from so many friends and acquaintances inspired me to buy 24 almost-started pullets this coming Saturday from a fellow who has a booth at a local "Trade Days" place. That will give me 34 layers. Eggapalooza!! Then I got the idea we could pasture some meat birds, so I put 25 Delawares out in my "chook wagon." They're about 7 weeks now. And I thought, I've got such a lot of pasture for that little tractor to fertilize.... how about 50 more broilers? Sure! Why not??? Get on line and order those chicks!! So, I have some friends helping me build two Salatin-style tractors, one for the new layers and one for the new broilers (who won't need it until after they grow out of the brooder). This means that in about 8 weeks, I'll have 75 birds that need to be processed. OMG - what was I thinking? I will probably do the Delawares one weekend, the broiler roos the next weekend and the broiler pullets the third weekend. That could vary depending on how each group is gaining. I was thinking I was only brave enough to skin the birds and take the breast meat and leg quarters. But now I'm getting more interested in saving the whole bird and am considering scalding and plucking. I have heard people use a turkey fryer as a scalder, and I can get one reasonably on eBay, but I can't justify the cost of a nice electric plucker just yet. Does anyone RENT pluckers? It could be the answer to all my prayers! I'm north of Dallas, TX about 20 minutes. HELLLLPPP!