I really prefer CD for killing, typically use a broomstick. It is hands-down the fastest and most humane method available on the homestead. But, I must admit, I do like them bled out a little better, as far as the carcass goes. I always us CD if I'm simply putting a bird down - no mess, no fuss, no cone or hanging. But these broilers I have will be bled out. I did try pithing last time and did not get a good angle for the stick and the bird fought having it's mouth opened, was not a fan. I will try again in future. It's not nearly as foolproof as CD though, especially for beginners.