My first Culling of the Flock One of my New Hampshire Reds was sent off to freezer camp this weekend. Her name was No Neck. Not all of my chickens have names. No Neck had an abnormal growth under her chin and it made her appear to have no neck, hence the name. She also had some kind of disease or infection. Her rump was always smothered in poop, hence the culling. Decisions, decisions where did I put that 8-pound sledge hammer? Oh well, I guess Ill go with the axe. Whacking off the head and plucking it was easy. But my wife had to help me boil some water for scalding; that goes way beyond my skill level. No Necks bump looked like a giant bruise but it really was an abscess growing just under the skin. It turned out to be full of digestive tract fluids. Perhaps No Neck had a ruptured crop or gizzard. The gutting part is where I had problems. Basically I just went hack crazy with my knife and ripped everything out. Afterwards I cleaned it real good and threw it in my freezer. And look, I got an egg. I cant believe Im actually going to eat this shtt.