I finally disbatched three Roos today. Whheww! Not as easy as I thought to work with. Thanks to that Pithing method things were much easier for the last two birds. First bird.... I used the hatchet, and since it was the very first time for me to do this.....turned out a bit of a disaster..... The proper tools (a sharp hatchet and a steady hand !) would have made it a whole lot easier, but since it was just me doing it by myself, I had no choice. Last two birds..... I used pithing for the disbatch and Ohhh boy!! What a difference. The birds in general were soooo much easier to work with. Plucking these as opposed to the one who got the hatchet.... Big difference as the feathers seemed to just slide right off. It all went much faster. For the last two I also had help, from my sis (LJ3is4me) and her man (a hunter). Nice not to have done it alone. I was going to skin them. In pictures this seemed so much easier and faster, but I had the hardest time.... due to my inexperience, just trying to figure it out and cut the skin around the legs that I went with plucking instead. (sharp knives also an absolute must for next time. Oh and a running facet... so I dont have to recruit one of my kids for the job. Here are the pics from today..... BTW for the experts.... there is a pic of one of my boys holding an organ....What is it? I still cant figure it out. My set up for the day! Plucking The look on my face! - LOL .. I was not having an easy time! Much easier working with running water Trying to take a foot off! what a chore! Sharp knife a must! Removing the innards Innards.... I think I got it all The unidentified organ!?? Almost done....My aching back! A higher sink set is also in the works for next time! Yippie!!! My very first bird! All done! (didn't weigh it yet)- looks like a decent size tho? Now using pithing... still not sure if I did this exactly right, but they bled out fine this way. I probably could have used a thinner knife too.... Ohh and help is here now! Yaaaa!!! Plucking again... this time so much easier! Moving along quickly now! And that is pretty much it! Can't wait to cook em up! Right now they are wrapped up in the fridge. I want to get some buttermilk to soak them in. Read somewhere on here this makes em yummy!