after processing, cleaning. i quarter my rooster so it will fit in a gallon size zip loc bag and i add a brine ( 2 tbsp salt, in heated water so it will mix up faster ) and put it in the fridge for 3 days pressure cooker method : rinse off chicken, cover with water and pressure cook for 30 min. CAUTION : DO NOT ADD SALT, it will turn out perfect if you don't add salt. NOTE : you can always add more salt later, but ya can't take back it back out pot method : rinse off chicken, cover with plenty of water, bring to a boil cover and then simmer for 4 to 5 hours.add more water if needed CAUTION : DO NOT ADD SALT, it will turn out perfect if you don't add salt. NOTE : you can always add more salt later, but ya can't take it back out. next separate the meat from the bones and throw the bones back in the water and simmer for 1 more hour while you are making the noodles. here's the home made noodle recipe from my grandma's cookbook try it, you'll love em, and might not ever go back to store bought noodles. you have to double the noodle recipe for a whole chicken. while the noodles are drying chop up some carrots, celery, and 1 big onion. next, strain the chicken stock and toss out the bones. then add the veggies and cook for 1/2 hour or so. then add the noodles and cook for 10 Min's at this point, if you have a bunch of hungry people sitting around acting overly friendly, you can add the chicken meat back in and ladle it up for em. if ya want to can it : put equal parts of chicken meat in sterilized canning jars, then add the noodles and veggies to about an inch from the top. then add chicken stock to just cover the noodles. place the lids and loosely screw down the rings. if your canning with a pressure cooker let it do it's thing for 10 Min's for pints and 15 Min's for quarts. if your canning in a big o pot, boil em hard for 35 min. if some of them don't seal, put them in the fridge and eat them asap. EDITORS NOTE AND DISCLAIMER : i really love my chickens and i raise them with the most care, the best feed and friendliest environment a chicken could ever know. and when it's time i turn them into the best chicken anyone has ever eaten. I posted this thread because folks kept asking how to do it. if you didn't follow the directions right and die, or were even thinking about making some up when you died, don't come crying to me.