Long day. My neighbors were slaughtering out their old laying hens so I brought mine along too (should update sig line now ...). Every thing went really efficient with the 3 of us working and relatives from downstate came over shortly after I was done (and were appalled to see raw chicken that wasn't wrapped in cellophane with a Kroger sticker on it). So the most relaxing part of my day was actually plucking chickens. Boyfriend who is working in NJ temporarily and I talked on the phone and he asked if I could do it myself in the future. Yeah, with your help of course. He's wiring me money this week to buy another freezer. Some of the hens are in the freezer but one hen and the rooster went into the stock pot and got made into chicken soup. Broth turned out great (especially with organically grown veggies added in) and even the chicken meat turned out pretty good. Dogs were sitting around licking chops while broth was simmering, so of course they got to sample some with their kibble tonight.