I grew up with parents from the old country. They would buy live chickens for holiday meals. I could never stand the smell of the wet feathers when they were processing. I processed 9 roosters yesterday. Slitting the throat was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Ended up slitting the throat twice and still wasn't getting any squirting blood. It was bleeding but I couldn't tell if the rooster was dying in pain or not. So I decided to use the lopper for a more humane kill. I found out that I still can't stand the smell of the wet feathers. I don't have a problem with killing them, its the eviserating and wet feathers I have a problem with. I have thoughts of getting meaties and I know its harder to process ones that you raised yourself. So I got these roosters off of Craigslist by someone who definitely spoiled them. Unfortunately I wasn't able to withold food for 12 hours. My dogs were creating a racket trying to get at the chickens in the chain link kennel and I didn't want the neighbors to complain about the noise they were making. So I ended up processing them all yesterday instead of waiting till next weekend. First off, next time, I definitely need to withold food. I accidentally knicked the intestines a few times and the contents spilled. I rinsed the meat really really well. Will I get sick from eating it or should I just feed the chicken to the dogs? 2nd, I think only 2 of the roosters would be presentable for roasting. The water was a little too hot during scalding and I cut a little too much skin off trying to remove the crop without spilling its contents. Plucking roosters with pin feathers is definitely a lot of work. I can't get the image of the innards and the smell out of my head. Ugh! For dinner last night, I had a granola bar with a big glass of milk. I just couldn't stomach eating anything with meat. The chickens are resting in my fridge and I will freeze them on Wednesday. Hopefully in a month or 2, I can eat the chicken. Otherwise, my friends and dogs will benefit and I will just have to be content with raising hens for eggs.