No no... not butchering w/ baking soda! That I will be using a knife for & a killing cone... definitely read & will reread that thread on here again. I'm doing a trade w/ the owner of our local feed store: I get 6 meat birds she raised when I come butcher the batch of 30 w/ her & her neighbor... they are going to be great teachers of the by-hand method, though they just purchased a machine so I guess I get to experience both! And then I get to come home to try it alone, yikes! I was just excited to see that I have other options when it comes to culling little ones. I hope I never have to make any decisions like that, but I know realistically that day will come since I don't see myself ever living w/o chickens.