We got our chickens for many reasons. 1-We love them 2-Fresh eggs 3-We love them 4-Organic bug control 5-We love them 6-Fresh chicken 7-We love them This morning it was time for our first culling. The victim was a roo who had become aggressive towards our silkie. It was always our intent to thin our flock, eat our roos, and eventually get meat birds so this was no big surprise. It just came earlier than expected. I'm writing this for those of you who will go through it and for those of you who gave me great advice, expecially Silkiechicken. I think I'm also writing it because I'm a bit numb and feel pretty bad. My wife, who deals with blood on a daily basis (RN student, works in hospital), was a basket case, tears and all. My 7 year old was the best. He wasn't happy about it but knew this was part of life and chicken ownership. (For those of you who disagree, you should never buy another super market chicken again. For vegetarians, kudos for practicing your belief). Many of our family members had told him stories about the old days when everyone had chickens and your pet birds would mysteriously disappear before a chicken dinner. He stayed with me the whole time but I did ask him to go check the water while I performed step 2. How it went: 1-Didn't put feed in the coop overnight 2-Pulled him out of the coop, positioned him on a stump, and with a large knife took his head off. He flapped around a bit and I ended up with chicken blood all over my legs and shoes. 3-Heated a pot of water to 150 and put him in. I had read 5 seconds but it took longer to really free up the feathers. The feathers came off very easy. I was surprised. It took around 5 minutes to clean them all off. 4-Gutting the bird wasn't bad either. I sliced around the vent and pulled almost everything out. I did the same for all the stuff around the neck and crop. 5-Dipped him back into the cooled scalding water and then rinse it with the hose. 6-Put it in a pot of salt water where it's sitting now. 7-We cleaned up and buried the head, feathers and internals. Everything went better than expected. Other than that it really SUCKED. Killing anything is not a pleasant thing. I know everyone says the first time is the hardest and I really hope they are right. We now have a 4 pound 15 week old Speckled Sussex Roo to make a meal out of.