A friend came to the Potter County Farmers Market this Friday and we talked about butchering chickens.
Our experience has been that the best time to get your fast growing chicks is as late in the summer as possible. That way, there's (hopefully) been one killing frost (here in north central Pennsylvania) when it comes time to butcher them in late September or early October and the flies are dead. I personally find it quite disgusting to be butchering chickens and have flies land on them. Blecch.
The very best chicken butchering tutorial that I have found:
Survival Skills With Russ
“I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his pot every Sunday”
- Henry IV
Don't forget to go over to the Homestead Revival Barn Hop