First of all, it blows my mind how many people actually raise chickens as pets, and then they try to make me feel like a murderer for just discussing butchering them. Ok, I got that off my chest (sort of)... I recently rescued 30 chickens from a family member that couldn't properly take care of them. This number doubled my existing flock. The majority are just now coming into "puberty" (not sure of the proper word to use with chickens. The chickens I now have are French Maran, Orpington (gold laced and black), Arcanas, and Silkies. Obviously I can't keep a bunch of roosters, although I'd like to keep one French Maran rooster as well as one Silke Rooster along with one Arcana Rooster. So this leaves me with having to trim my flock of 4 - 6 silkie roosters. Silkies are so small, I'm debating whether or not to waste my time butchering them. I think it'll be as much meat as maybe your run of the mill squirrel. If and when TSHTF - all meat will be invaluable. But right now, I am contemplating whether or not this is worth my time. I guess I should add that I'm a rookie butcher but do feel confident enough in doing so. Thanks for any input.