So a couple weeks ago I finally processed my 25 old laying hens. It was quite a bit of work... I watched a few videos on line (one by Cutler Family Farm was best) and it LOOKED easier. I did skin them rather then pluck them... But my question is are meat birds easier to do? Is there a big diffrence? We have 10 Cornish Rocks in a brooder now (a few days old), so in 7 weeks or so I will see for myself. But if I figure each bird before took me 20 minutes, that is only $7.50 an hour, and (while not as bad as I thought) I don't think it is worth $7.50 an hour. Hubby and I are thinking of running a few hundred of Freedom Rangers through the farm this summer (we are a small veggie farm) and are likely going to have them processed at a facility who will take them from live bird to vacume packed, labled, weighed, and legal for sale for $2.50 a bird. Plus, if I use them I can do as many as I want, if I process on farm I am limited to 1000 (not that I would want to do more then 1000!) How long should a bird take? And are Rocks/Rangers similar in processing? Is trying to make your own plucker worth it, or should you buy one? At how many birds does one pay for itself? Thanks.