Well I processed my first bird today. I had a 7 month old silkie cockerel who was getting more and more aggressive. Today was the last straw for him. I prepped up an area and heated my water. That was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I know it was needed. I've been told it gets easier. I used the cleaver and a block. It was the only way I could be sure to do it right and instant. The rest of the birds are business as usual. The other male he slept with is up with the girls and looks happy about that. It was the dickens gutting him out. Lots of little connective bits. Is that normal for an older male? Mom only remembers processing 3-4 month olds growing up so she had no ideas for me.