I am fairly new to processing my own chickens but I have found it rewarding and plan on doing as many as I can in the future. I loved and appreciated all the advice I received here and was comfortable taking on this task alone when the time came. I did find however that what works for some doesn't work for everyone. I thought it might be fun to list what is "unconventional" about what YOU do. - I used a Pampered Chef pairing knife for the WHOLE process and didn't have any trouble. From culling to gutting....it stayed sharp for all the birds. (wouldn't that be a funny testimonial for their website!!!) - I bleached my truck tailgate and used it as my "table" - I poured apple cider vinegar into my cooler of ice water to help disinfect.