We processed half of our first ever batch of cornish x today. 14 birds took us most of the day. Granted, my helpers were pretty slow - can't really complain, though, since I didn't do any plucking at all, hehe. All in all, it wasn't awful. I'm definitely going to try to rent a plucker before we do the last 14, though, and if not I'll try to find someone to process them for us. I'm really leaning toward paying someone else to process the rest. Why? Because I smell like a dead chicken. I was wearing gloves, thank goodness, so my hands are fine, but I still managed to get my lower arms all gross and smelly. I've scrubbed and scrubbed them with the hottest water I can stand and ivory soap, but I can still smell it. How do I get it off?! I even sprayed vinegar water on my arms hoping it would help - it didn't. I don't think I can do this again if I have to wait for the smell to wear off. Oh, also - is it ok to eat ones that may have gotten a bit cooked when scalding? We were having a hard time keeping out scald water the right temp, and it took me a while to get everyone to remember to check the tempurature before sticking a bird in the water and also to not leave the bird in there.