We butchered five roosters. Daddy did buy a dip net, so the catching process was tons easier than it was the last time I was engaged in this particular activity.
I caught them and shoved them into the cones (we need bigger ones! One rooster flipped himself out in his death throes) and Daddy did the "deed".
I did the scalding and he ran the whizz-bang chicken plucker. It over heated after the fourth bird, so we started the pluck the fifth one by-hand...but the motor cooled down in time for us to finish him off with the plucker. It gets the little pin feathers out amazingly well. (No singeing required! Singeing stinks!)
Then we entered the dressing stage. I did three birds and Daddy did the other two. I'm still not quite sure how I managed to get three done in the time it took him to do two...particularly since he started first and his hands are stronger than mine...but that's how it worked out.
Turns out the birds all averaged between 5 to 6.5 pounds!! The drumsticks are the biggest I have ever seen (eaten!) on a yard-bird. We had fried chicken for lunch, left-overs for supper, and there is still some left to make a third meal off of! Big and tasty birds. :)
After lunch, I made a doll dress, then got five more cockades made. We were running quite low on them, so my dull-headed afternoon was not wasted.
Perhaps I can still get something else useful done this evening...even though it is almost 9.
Hmm...how about doing hand-work on doll dresses? :)