I'm having an emotional dilemma - any words of support or wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
3 years ago we started our first flock with 5 little chickens and it has grown and grown since. Currently we have quite the arrayed coop of 19 chickens from almost 3 year to 1 year old. We bought 6 new chickens this last spring with the eventual plan to only keep those 6 and downsize our coop a bit. As you can imagine though, now that it is time to get rid of our older chickens I am awfully attached. We were going to butcher them, but then we realized we don't really know anything about that so we decided we would just put out an ad for anyone who wants chickens (for whatever purpose). My husband is adamant that we need to downsize and our coop is just a bit small to keep them all through the winter (the free range spring-fall) but I am really having a hard time being okay with letting them go.
Any thoughts? :(