I'm hoping someone can answer this in the next few hours, as I will be embarking on processing our 4 spent hens.... I know you need to let the meat rest, but does it need to stay whole to do that? To save fridge & then freezer space, I'll be piecing the hens out to add sections to soup. Can I cut up once they are clean or should I wait a few days? thanks!!! Husband went crabbing today, leaving me to do this all alone for the first time! Wish me luck!