We have had to cull two birds, due to illness...but we hadn't butchered any for the purpose of eating. Due to size restrictions, I am unable to keep my old chickens.(Well, okay maybe I'll keep two!) So, the kill cone works great. Don't think I could stand to do the deed without it. We opted to skin the bird, since we didn't know what we would be getting into with plucking. The videos make it look really easy- for a newbie it was pretty time consuming- but when finished, well, she looked just like chicken...The chicken is currently resting in the fridge and will be used for soup, later in the week.