I recently started processing my extra cockerels...I've done about 6 birds over the past week (I don't have help so I just do one or two when I have time). Had one for dinner last night for the first time (Barred Rock) and it was AMAZING!!! I don't think I'll ever buy commercially raised chicken ever again. I am getting more comfortable with the process, and just wanted to say thank you to everyone here that has posted a how-to, or instructions, or anecdotes about their processing experience. Without you all as a resource, I'm not sure I would have even tried. I'm incredibly grateful and proud to join the ranks of the self sufficient One question re tools...what do you all use to cut off the neck? I've been using a scalpel to sever the jugular and do all the rest of the cutting, but it's definitely not the right tool for removing the head & neck. I noticed with an older bird it's not that easy to just break and tear...I don't have a lot of tools lying around so will probably buy something better suited...what do you all suggest, a larger knife, shears? Thanks!!