So, I thought I was a tough girl. I can off, skin, gut, and divide a cute, fluffy bunny rabbit with no problem at all but, apparently I have trouble with chicken. The "offing" part mainly. I've used several humane methods to kill my rabbits and have settled on "broomsticking" (cervical dislocation) as top choice, hands down. When it comes to chicken I've chopped off their head and broomsticked. Both work well but the broomsticking seems more gentle. Well, I was planning on butchering a big batch of meaties yesterday. Prior to this, I had only done the occasional small batch of multi-purpose cockerels or individuals. I had high hopes that I could get 10 done in no time. I decided to try slitting their throats and just let them "drift off" like I've seen in so many Youtube videos. I tried it and it seriously sucked! First, I had to try to cut their throats at least 4 times each. By the time I got one side done, I was so rattled I just let them bleed out on the one side. No animal wants to get cut twice. >.< And bleed out was NOT an easy "drift" for the birds. Sure, they were confined to the cone so it was convenient for me to not have headless chickens running around flinging blood everywhere but I'm more concerned about the bird. They seemed quite uncomfortable as they tried to struggle, twisted their necks, and gasped. I don't like the idea of hurting my food. I'd much rather they never see what's coming. Is it possible to have a nice, drift off into the next life for these birds by slitting their throats? What am I doing wrong? I had to stop at 3 birds. It just didn't seem right. I have about 25 more to go and they're quite heavy so I need to process them this weekend. I could really use some help/advice.