I took my 10 Cockerals to a lady's house this afternoon. I had her name given to me from the local feed store when asking if they knew anyone who butchered chickens. She agreed to help me by showing me how to do it. I am sure I slowed her down, but we did it. I watched with the first one. Then helped with the second and did 3 more. We did 3 brahmas, one production red, 3 EE and 1 golden sebrite. We were about to go for the 2 OEGB that i brought when she mentioned how much her husband liked having those guys around because they don't eat much and are good protectors. She asked me now much I wanted for them, I said I have never sold a chicken, so I don't know. I said how about I still pay you for each butchered bird and I give you the bantams for helping teach me to do this. She said I take the bantams for teaching you and no charge for the butchering. She couldn't be talked into anything else! So, I did it. I thought plucking would be horrible, but it went well. I will probably use a cone to kill them whe I do them at home, they used an ax and then let them flop around, and that was a little different from what I had in my mind, but easy to change here how we do it. The feathers came out well plucking by hand, it wasn't bad at all. That surprised me. I didn't get nauseated, I kept birds no food for 18 hours prior. Transport went well. I am pleased. So birds are in an ice bath in basement in a cooler, and tomorrow night I will put them in freezer bags. Any hints how to wrap them so they don't freezer burn? Is brining a good thing to do before going in freezer? Any suggestions would be great. Also, thanks for such a great posting meat section, I felt prepared, not surprised.