Butchered that black laced cockerel I showed above today. I figured it's about time to share what I've got going on here. We've put the axe to probably 40 of these in the past 2 years, and have a whole hatching to do later this fall. This guy is the only one from the earliest group that I haven't sold, or will be retaining for myself. He was hatched in May. He weighed right over 9 pounds live- and the dressed out hanging carcass weight was just over 5.
Third picture shows the carcass next to two rabbits I also butchered today. Quite a size difference.
Satisfied with my backyard meat bird project.
For reference, that knife has a 4 1/2 inch blade, and a total length of 9 1/2 inches.