I finally got a chance to send my three extra (and extra-obnoxious) cock guineas to freezer camp. It's the first time I've slaughtered and processed a bird (I field dress and butcher my own deer, so I'm not a complete tyro). I won't try this again without an assistant -- it took WAY too much time to futz with the scald water. On the second bird, I cut the trachea accidentally, and also the scald water may have been too cold. Whichever the cause, it was a MONSTER to try to pluck. Of course, I picked Friday to do this because the weather was going to be reasonable. 'The rain will taper off after noon." So I waited until after noon to start, and sure enough, the rain tapered off -- and the howling wind picked up and the temperature dropped. Any tips on getting a nice clean cut through the carotid without either beheading the bird or cutting off my own thumb?