We're newbies to meat birds. I have been trying to get my plucker built but weather, work, and other problems have really slowed me down. It seems every time I have a spare moment to work on it the rain starts. I have no garage or shop. We have run out of time I fear. The crosses are huge!!! I think they are 9weeks, I forgot to write down when I got them. They look like sumo wrestlers Even though we didn't get any farther on the plucker we decided to try skinning one today. Did so standing in the rain. It went ok but DH , being so proud of the task, grilled the breast out on the grill. But it was tough. Is this because they are this old? is it because they got too big? Now that the weekend is over it will be another week before we can do anymore. Will they all be crockpot birds now?