Hi, folks! I just wanted to thank you all for the great processing information you've posted in this section of the forum over the years. I've been going over the threads on butchering dual purpose birds in preparation for processing a nuisance bird tomorrow. Thanks to you, I feel well prepared to do it. I have a Speckled Sussex cockerel just shy of a year old who started out as a rather courtly, protective bird I thought I was planning to keep for the long run. However, I've recently observed that he has started chasing down the hens to force matings on them at least as often as he courts them, if not even more frequently. If they're unwilling and scream and try to get away, he hangs on to their combs, forces them to the ground and mates them anyway. He has also started trying to mate in front of me, which he did not dare do previously. This evening he made the grave error of grabbing my broody Buff Orp, who wanted none of it (I happened to be nearby, and intervened). He then took a shot at pecking one her four-week-old chicks, which fortunately was faster than his beak. That sealed his fate. I refuse to tolerate a brute of a bird who abuses the rest of the flock. We got rid of one of his brothers for the same type of behavior by selling him to a co-worker of my husband's who wanted a "real chicken" for a Cinco de Mayo dinner. I have it on good authority that he was absolutely delicious. His other brother is behaving himself thus far, and will be the sole ruler of the flock once this one is gone. If it's a behavioral flaw related to their genetics, it'll show up in the last bird standing soon enough. I have a brand new Stanley heavy duty utility knife, an empty feed bag with a hole cut in the corner, some rope, and a bucket, all with his name on them. I'll do him first thing in the morning, and skin him rather than bother trying to pluck him. He'll be great in the Crock Pot. At least this bird's sacrifice won't be a to waste. I had to cull a day-old chick last week after its clumsy mother accidentally stepped on it and broke its leg. I used shears and snipped off the head. After I recovered a bit, I realized that if I was able to do that without hesitation, there is absolutely no reason I can't process a bird that has had a good life, has been treated well, and will be put to good use to feed my husband and me. Wish me luck!