We processed our first rooster yesterday. He was a White Rock roo, and we processed him a bit early a couple weeks shy of 16 weeks old. I'd say we got a pretty decent amount of meat from him, it didn't seem that drastically different from a grocery store chicken. His meat was nice and lean, too, the only fatty parts were directly under the skin. He was pretty hefty and we have enough to make soup stock and have chicken for dinner every night this week if we stretch it out a bit. We will wait a few weeks longer for the rest of the roosters. I wish I had pictures to share but I completely forgot to take some and my hubby has the camera in his car. It was definitely a learning experience! We combined the hatchet and the cone method by installing a chopping block directly under the cone where the bird's neck is and swinging the hatchet sideways. This way I didn't have to worry about holding a thrashing bird and possibly dropping it and making the whole experience negative. Hubby swung the hatchet, I gently held the roo's head in place. There are a few adjustments we need to make on the cone, it was a bit too big and the roo's shoulder's were almost coming through. Also, the hatchet's blade was too small and too rounded which made target difficult but he did strike it right the first time. I was pretty surprised by how little blood a chicken has, I thought there would be lots more! For the scalding tank we just used the side burner on our propane BBQ and a big stock pot. We didn't have a thermometer and completely guessed on the temp. We must have gotten lucky because 30 seconds in the pot, swirl swirl swirl, and the feathers practically rubbed off. Plucking was by far the easiest part and I liked the process of making the bird look just like a regular chicken you might see at the grocery store instead of a roo I was familiar with. The pinfeathers just slid right out and afterwards we singed it lightly with a blow torch. The most frustrating part was that we weren't using very good knives and it made cutting the skin, fat and cartilage kind of difficult. By far the most delicate part we thought was removing the bowels. I was very worried about accidentally cutting open something we shouldn't and ruining the bird. It took a REEEAAALLLLYYY long time for us to finally get the cavity wide enough to gently take everything out. We weren't quite sure where exactly to cut despite pictorials to look at. THEN we were worried about tainting the bird by cutting the bile duct. LOL mu husband thought I was talking about something completely different the whole time I said, "watch out, you're really close to cutting the bile duct!" He pulled out something else and said, "there! Got it!" LOL but it wasn't it at all, my husband is color blind and couldn't tell the green bile duct apart from the red whatever it was he pulled out that looked similar. Meanwhile he was tugging away and being sort of rough with the bile duct the whole time. LOL we're such novices! Everything else went pretty smoothly. We don't have a lung scraper but we used a spoon that has a jagged edge meant for digging out fruit I think. It worked pretty well. Cutting the bird into parts was fairly simple too although we did manhandle it a little bit. Like I said our knife kinda sucked. In the end though we came out with breasts, thighs, drumsticks, wings. We used the extra usable parts to make chicken stock that's been boiling away for the past 12 hours. With windy weather and the power going on and off intermittently all night it made for a very sleepless night having to keep the wood stove going while the power was out, and then putting it back on the regular stove so I could get some sleep (our wood stove only stays lit for an hour ) while the power was back on. But right now the house smells like Christmas dinner and the stock is starting to take shape. So that was our experience! Sorry if it was a bit long winded, processing our first rooster was a pretty big deal for us but we know we can do it now and we feel pretty good about taking responsibility for our own food! Its the most justifiable chicken dinner we'll have ever eaten! I can't WAIT to taste it!