First time butchering. I only had 10. But thats what I started with 8 weeks ago. So feel pretty good about that. I left a couple birds whole for the Sunday dinners, Those got the whole treatment, Plucked & gutted,( not sure if thats the term). The rest I cut the leg quarters, Wings & breast off with out opening the bird up. Is there any problem with doing that. It was a whole lot quicker. 10 cornish rocks gave me 40 lbs or so of meat. Im real happy with the experience so far. 2 mths before my Isa Browns start laying.