I have heard it mentioned twice in the last two days and I am aware of it. But, does anyone know exactly what happens? I am wondering if it is a long drawn out painful experience for the chicken? Just wondering because I do sell chickens at swaps and need to know, for my peace of mind, what is going on. Then I will be better able to 'screen' my buyers. BTW: I heard Silkies are especially desired for this because of the black skin?!!! ETA: Changed : ETA: Just to clarify. I try to find them all pet homes. But that is not always possible.