I didn't think any of my chickens would be anything other than pets. Until the raging hormone disease hit and one of the young roosters started attacking me. I have tried the rooster-red technique and it would work sometimes, not always and then the last time I tried to pick him up to walk him around he turned and took a hunk out of my face. That day (my birthday )sealed his fate, I am going to kill my first chicken ever. He is an EE and will be 26 weeks old this week. I have been studying the stickies about butchering and reading my Storeys Guide and I am 100% sure I can do this all on my own. How long should I expect this to take? My plan is to hang him and cut his throat and bleed him out into a bucket or something. I don't have all the tools like a cavity scraper etc, so on a budget. what do I need beside a sharp knife and a big pot to boil water to dunk him in? Does plucking feathers off require gloves? I don't have a cone but a co-worker suggest I could assemble one from left over scrap of chicken wire. Does that sound plausible? DO I have to take food away from him for 24 hours? You all are experts at this, what can I expect for my first time? What kind of tips can you offer me? I want to roast him for Christmas dinner is he too old already?