We arent raising meat birds. He was a lavendar orpington who threw a fit when another chicken we raised turned out to be a rooster, and started attacking the hens who opted to move to the other "flock". And then he charged my son, so it was lights out! Our plan all along has been to let the chickens brood and cull excess roosters. Unfortunatelyi had to run this one solo because my husband was out of town. The killing part went very very badly. We need better knives and i would have benefited from having someone around who knew anatomy and pressure needed to make the cut. Turns out taking the innards out is painfully difficult whe. you have no idea what you are doing! AND THE SMELL DEAR HEAVENS. Anyway. My perspective on food has definitely changed, i have a pink stained, dressed bird resting in my fridge, my dog had the best dinner of his life, and i have feet and neck in my freezer for stock. Most importantly, I DID IT!!!!!! Whole thing took my 2.5 hours from pick up to clean up, andmy flock is safe and can rearrange itself. WOO!!!