: We processed 12 cornish roasters this afternoon. Our first attempt ever with chickens!!! My DH and SIL killed the birds and my daughter and myself cut them up and packaged them for the freezer. My only concern is about the resting process. We packaged ours and put them in the freezer with the intent to thaw for several days in the refrigerator before cooking. Is that ok? Should we have let them rest in the refrigerator for several days before freezing? It was quite a process for us but went very quickly. Not certain before we started if we would ever attempt this again but, if we like the meat, I'm sure we'll probably consider doing another batch this fall. We started off with 16 birds but lost 4 in one day which we're assuming was CHF. That was very disappointing since I worked really hard to try to do everything right but I understand the cornish birds can be more difficult. We also have 9 hens and 1 rooster that we are raising for the eggs. Will be a couple of months yet before we start getting eggs but that will certainly be exciting too. Thank you to everyone that so diligently gives their time helping others on this site. I have referred to it numerous times and will continue to do so.