OK, that was hard! He was a mean, evil, Silver-Spangled Hamburg rooster, so decided it was time to say bye-bye to him. I realize now what we needed was a good pair of kitchen shears and a really, really, sharp knife. Trying to cut through his bones was almost impossible. We finally had to use our garden pruners. There was no fat on this bird and he was all muscle, not tender at all. His flesh is like the color of a plum. I have him in a crockpot now, so we'll see. I had the most difficult time with getting his innards out, too. I learned about the crop for the first time yesterday. And the size of those testicles! I was *not* expecting that! I'm raising some Marans for meat. I sure hope they are good meat birds! I have a Black Copper Marans rooster and hen, and 2 golden Cuckoo Marans hens. The Cuckoo Marans are growing at a much slower rate than the Black Coppers. Do you know which of the Marans are best for meat. There is a lady close by me who sells Silver Cuckoos. I wonder if they grow faster. I hope I have the stomach to do it again. I could not eat dinner yesterday. Tell me it gets easier.