I haven't posted for quite awhile but on Sat. I butchered my first two chickens and I still can hardly believe all I have learned since June of this year when I first found this site. I think this project would have been much harder to do without the great information I've gotten from the members of BYC. From getting those little fuzz butts to reading posts about dispatching my first 2 boys (13 more to go) all on my own, except for all of you! So Thank you all!!! and I'll keep reading and learning because I'm a confirmed chicken person now. I must have had beginners luck because I ordered my 25 silver penciled rocks (straight run) and I received 27 chicks. I did have to dispatch one young roo but my "mystery" chick was a Black Minorca roo who has lived up to his name "Trouble" so I have 26 grown chickens, 10 hens and 15 SPR roosters and Trouble will stay around as long as he behaves himself. g] Some of our local farm friends were sure I would end up with a bunch of pets but when I butchered my first 2 this weekend I was very proud of myself and I know it's been with the help of BYC, plus I have also learned some very basic computer skills and hopefully I will now post some picts of my very pretty (and tasty) chickens. So thank you all, next year hopefully one of my hens will go broody so I'll keep reading!