We did the deed yesterday, and BYC member LivinNewDreamInND was here... she has never done this before and it was a cold day for her to learn but she did GREAT! I have had people out for this before who didn't pull their weight (and they were never invited again), but she pitched right in and was doing parts of everything except the actual head removal. I really think she could handle that too, but didn't ask her to try because of the weather. And when you take into consideration that she wasn't raised doing what she has taken on since she moved to ND, raising poultry, planting a garden, canning... I am just so proud of her accomplishments! I know that I have nothing to do with her sucess, but it makes me smile! I was planning to do the feed bag method that was being discussed yesterday, but the feed bag choices were paper, paper with a woven (fiberglass?) lining, or the plastic woven looking bags that Purina has gone to. None of the above seemed like a good choice when it's cold. So I grabbed an old pillow case, hung the largest bird by the feet, made sure the pillow case would fit over him, then cut the corner off of that. It worked, but was getting stiff towards the end there. I had 11 turkeys (BBW) and we did 7 of them. I *think* the remaining turkeys are hens (BB turkeys have managed to fool me before). I plan to try crossing them with a White Holland tom and see if I can start raising my own to have turkeys bigger than typical heritage yet still be able to self breed. Most of the folks who get turkeys from me want the bigger breast, I may end up getting some toms from the first year and breeding back to the BB hens. I guess take it one year at a time and see what we get? I am thrilled with how yesterday went and want to wish everybody a very Happy Thanksgiving!