Man was I nervous, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. It was an ameraucana roo (we had 2 and only needed one). I had read a few months back that people used to put chickens for eating in a small pen with cracked corn to put fat on. Well that's what we did, and he was fat. I hope it helps with the meat. I know it does with a cow (my uncle will give them sweetfeed for a month b4 taking to the butcher). I didn't wait to get water boiling, just plucked like I used to see my uncle do when I was little. Then I brought him in and skinned him. I don't eat skin on my chicken. Right now he's in the fridge soaking. Dumplings will be in a few days.