Wow. That was fun. Actually, I had my Dad come help me. I made him kill the birds, since I was chickening out. We did 9 Buff Orp Cockerels this afternoon between 6-7pm. I'm actually very surprised that it didn't take me very long at all. I've had to help pluck birds before, but I've never processed them myself. They actually look really good, besides a few skin tears. We scalded them in a turkey fryer pot. They were 12 weeks old, a bit on the small side, but I wasn't looking for huge birds, just some fryers for the freezer. My question would be... my Dad's done this before, he said it was okay to not hang them to bleed out. So, they weren't hung. They were sat on a chair with their heads dangling and dripped out that way. Was that okay? They look fine to me, but like I've said I've never processed my own birds. Here's a picture of them resting in the fridge. They aren't leaking blood, that was just some of the water they were soaking in, I didn't pat them dry. Suggestions are welcome. I plan to freeze them tomorrow.