One of my Cornish Xs had deep red/purple skin and today it was actually in distress from what was most likely heart failure. Rather than see the little guy suffer, we decided to butcher it. It had been picked on, so the skin was blue from the anti-picking stuff. I chose to skin it (I've done deer, but not birds) and took the breasts, legs and thighs. The meat was clean; the interior cavity had fluid just like congestive heart failure. The heart was way tiny but the organs looked okay. My husband did the deed with a knife and to our surprise the head came off quick. After bleeding, I skinned and dressed out the bird. The pieces are now in the freezer packed in salt water. So, I felt kind of sad that I had to take it out early. I would've let it grow for about three more weeks (it was about 5 weeks old), but honestly, I think I did the right thing. I just wish I had more meat from it. So, I'm down to 28 poultry: 5 which are Cornish Xs. If the meat tastes really good, I'm thinking of raising another batch when we slaughter the 5.