We just butchered a 3+ year sexlink hen and a crossbeak 23 week old. It was a first time not just observing, It went ok, I was a little shaken. Read all the posts about peeling the feet but man, these were like cutting leather. Could not find anything to peel. I threw them away this time but would like to be able to use them for stock in the future. Have bought them at ethnic markets and they are great. Were these birds just too old or is there a way to use them. I should have refrigerated them but we threw all the stuff out, first time jitters. We will save livers, hearts, etc. in the future.