It's my first time with meaties, but probably not my last. My only regret is not booking in at the processor earlier. My 20 birds (cornish X) are 7 weeks and huge...I couldn't get them a date at the gov't inspected processor until Nov. 12. They might not live that long, I understand, and I don't want to feed them this long.....SO..... This is what I am now considering....what do you think? I work for a large fine dinig restaurant group as a waiter/wine specialist...there are alot of 'papered chefs' and cooks that have expressed an interest in my birds, and have been buying my eggs for their own consumption for a long time. I am considering holding a "Where does food come from? Workshop" next weekend where there will be a processing demonstration done by an experienced neighbour and then, in the name of gaining first hand experience, the 'students' will get a chance to do their own. I figure more hands make quick work - and there is a lot of intrest/bravado/perfectionism between these guys. Who better for the job? I've never processed, and am eager to learn too! It may cost me a case of beer, but the experience will be priceless. The birds are for personal consumption - not sale - so I'm not worried about having them inspected. Anyone else try something like this?