If they are a small type hen and I'm just doing one bird, I'll do the breast and thigh on her, as the rest of her carcass won't contain much meat....and pigs!
Beekissed, that sounds like an easier way to harvest some meat. Even the older ones might be doable that way (?) have never tried but, if you are only going to stew for broth, soup, etc...seems reasonable. I know the bones, etc. are best for the broth. Sometimes we just need/want to reduce the flock/feed. Have you ever done this with older ones? Curious.
Do you skin those feet ?