One of our Cornish Cross meat birds wasn't doing so well. Her right leg was injured in some invisible way because she wouldn't stand on it, and I let it go for a while hoping she'd recover. Now her brothers and sisters are at least twice her size, and she couldn't get to the food and water because they all pushed her to the side. In other words - it was time for my first slaughter.
I had never killed anything larger than a spider (*shudder at spiders*), so I was extremely nervous and anxious until Saturday rolled around. Like... freaking out kind of anxious. Not only was I scared because I'd never killed anything, but I also wanted to make sure I did it right (aka fast) and also butchered her correctly so we could actually use the meat. I read all that I could and watched a few YouTube videos and gained confidence. Since we were only doing one little bird, we didn't set up everything we plan to for the big slaughter day (July 8th) like the scalder and plucker and killing cones. So this was done a bit more rustically (is that a word - cause it should be. Most of my life is lived pretty rustically).
First, she and I bonded a bit. By which I mean I carried her around until I calmed enough to do it without shaking.