We had never processed before but we had several roos that were starting to look tasty so today we decided to try out the new plucker & get those roos processed. Now I grew up on a farm but have lived in the city all of my adult life til about 3 years ago so this was a whole other world to me processing your homegrown meat, gardening I am good with. It took us 2 1/2 hours start to finish to do those 8 birds. They are now on ice to go in the fridge in am. This would never even been possible had it not been for the very informative people here on BYC, this forum not only tells you how to raise the chickens & keep them healthy, but also how to process them for your dinner table. I am looking forward to tasting mine. I have eaten homegrown before just had never taken them from chicks to table. So let me say here Thank-you everyone on here that prepared me for this journey. Many of you have my deepest respect. I know my chickens had a very happy little chicken life til today when they didn't. They have a good coop, nice protective run, could freerange with some degree of safety til recently when alot of preds found out the chicken buffet but we now have a handle on that thanks to the folks here as well. We still have a group of broilers to do in a few weeks so this gave me the confidence to do them. One thing to keep in mind a glass of wine or a magarita will make everything go much easier.