I love that this was written by an ex-vegg head! It is OK to understand the circle of life, be conscious about your consumption, and still enjoy and appreciate eating meat. It may be hard for some to know that pets may cross over to livestock... but it is reality... and like the daughter here, I KNOW how my birds spent every moment of their life and harvest. To me the cone is no more disrespectful than the lap, whatever works for the keeper and minimizes stress to the animal. If you wanna keep a stag, adding to already mature ladies will help school him. Thanks for sharing!
What a great story. I often hear the claim that if we all had to process our own animals for food so many more people would be veg*n... But I genuinely believe that instead it would set so many more people's minds at ease instead. There are plenty of chickens out there deserving of love... And plenty that end up simply being problems. In the wild, problems get solved with predation and I think a knife is much kinder. Congratulations on your learning experience and accomplishing your goals.
Thank you for sharing this. I have struggled choosing sexed pulletsbecause of what happens to the males. I gladly would let nature manage my flock make up, but my husband isn't so willing. Your article illustrates how a person with similar values has dealt with this issue. I really appreciate that you put to words your thoughts and how your children reacted. Very well-written and thorough.
This is the story of one family's experience raising a backyard flock for the first time, highlighting the decisions (and their reasons) taken along the way, from what sort of chicks to acquire, to what to do with problematic birds. The discussion is thoughtful and sensitive, and well illustrated with pictures and a link to a very helpful youtube video on how to dispatch a bird well.