Everything went pretty smooth except the plucking. The birds were exactly 7 weeks old...made a killing cone from a old traffic cone (which worked fine) Sliced the veins in their neck while holding their head till they went limp. Let em bleed out for 5 minutes, then scald in 140 degree water, swished and dunked for about a minute then off to a homemade plucker on a drill. This is where it got tricky. The feathers weren't coming off as cleanly as I would of liked. Actually they were kinda hard to even pull. So I increased the water temp to 150 degrees and scalding time to 2 minutes and they were still hard to pull! It took time to get them clean but we did it. Their now in the fridge for a couple days before going to the freezer..One is going to the oven tomorrow! The weather has been down to freezing a few days before slaughter, would that have any effect on the feathers being hard to pull? I also seen dish washing detergent in the scalding water..would that help? I cant wait to do this again.. in the spring / summer months!