Well I just finished dispatching and dressing out my first bird. A little cornish hen sized roo. His dressed weight is about 2 pounds. I had a hard time actually killing him, I tied string around his feet, and then hung him up, he was calm. I then tied more in a figure 8 type pattern around his body thinking it would stop him from flapping afterwards. With hands shaking I stood there for almost 5 minutes and darn near chickened out completely but I wouldn't let myself. I had a hard time bringing myself to slicing the throat so I held his neck and whomped him hard at the back of the head with a piece of wood but it wasn't hard enough and he started squacking, at this point I was crying because I knew I screwed up and was making him suffer, so I quickly grabbed his head in my hand and broke his neck fast. Then I sliced the throat and let him bleed out. You guys were right it wasn't all that much blood. But I didn't tie the body up well enough and he came undone and made a little mess.... Once I took the bird inside and scalded it and started to pluck it instantly became meat to me and no longer a chicken. I wasn't thinking about the kill anymore. He still had some food in his crop and I sliced it open by accident getting some of the contents on the neck area but I washed everything out really well. So, I feel like I screwed up bad but I did get it done in the end. I did it all by myself too Not bad for a gurl... I'll add a pic later. It's in the fridge now. I need to do another for hubby to have one so I can make my apricot glazed cornish hens, maybe tomorrow. So how long till I get my MeatBirdMembership card?!