Have a look at that BYC thread I mentioned, Processing Day Support Group~HELP us through the Emotions PLEASE! You can discuss how to actually go about it. Lots of hand holding by the people who know what they're doing. They'll recommend videos to watch. I watched a lot of videos so that I knew what I was doing and what it would look like before I actually killed my first chicken. After watching a few, I decided to just let them bleed out. But, before you even think about that, you really have to be prepared. Death isn't nice. Even a bullet to the head (instant death) comes with a lot of involuntary movement. My Silkie carcasses are on Page 194, Post 1932. The dark streaks in the meat is the black color, not bruising or anything like that. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...roup-help-us-through-the-emotions-please/1930 Slaughter is a sad part of chicken keeping, whether we do it ourselves or pretend it doesn't happen.