i have 2 roosters (not by choice) and 26 hens. they are all approx. 8 months old. one rooster (lakenvelder) is an aggressive jerk towards me, but is sweet with the hens. the other rooster (dorking) is totally fine with me. sure, he's given me the "stink eye" on several occasions, but has never come at me. the problem is he is too aggressive with the girls. they are beginning to show signs of "treading" and i've seen his mateing style. he's no sweet-talking Barry White when it comes to love. he's very rough and mean when he's getting his groove on, so to speak. so i've decided it is time for him (the dork) to go. i have never killed or cleaned a chicken before, so this will be a learning experience. i have talked to some people who have done it and they have given me some good advice. also, there is a very detailed chapter about it in the "storys guide" book. i think i'll do just fine. i just have a few questions - 1) the book says to take him away from the others the night before and give him water but no food so he can get all the chicken poop out of his system before you kill him. i don't have anywhere to do this that wouldn't be out in the cold. it's gonna be down in the 20's overnight, so i don't think that would be very nice. is this an important step, or can i just make sure i clean the meat real good if some roo poo gets on the meat? 2) i am not keeping the skin on the meat, so do i need to be real picky about getting all the fine feathers & hairs off of him before i clean him up for the freezer? thanx for any advice you can give.