We had a friend come over with his son to show us how to process the meat birds we have. We only did three since they really aren't big enough yet but these three were crowing and I'm not allowed to have roosters on my property. I don't know why they are so scrawny. I think that the food I was giving at first just didn't cut it for meat birds. They will make good chicken soup though I'm sure. It was much easier than I thought it would be and I won't have any trouble doing it myself next time. My boys found it fascinating. My younger one said "It's science!", . I think my boys were born to live on a farm... can't wait until we can get one.