so, here is my deal. i live a about 95% vegetarian existence. I make exceptions for animals that i know are raised properly, treated well and will occasionally purchase from a small farm for my family. but you are more likely to get curried chickpeas around here than fried chicken. more likely wheat berry salad than tuna salad. however my vegetarianism isn't rooted in animal rights - i just think that it's healthier to eat well treated animals that didn't have to be bleached because they were bathed in poo. animals that ate good things instead of living with other carcasses etc... i think that a plant based diet will provide more nutrients as well as keep ones body working smoooothly and the weight down. (however the post christmas muffin top is another matter!) we recently processed 3 chickens for our own consumption. these will stretch farther than one meal- more like 4 per chicken i am guessing. we have 6 people in our house, but nothing goes to waste here! so, in the spirit of non waste i am considering raising only 15 meat birds every year to supply my families chicken dinner desires (it is a favorite). this way we would be able to have 1 roast chicken per month, plus leftovers, plus soup and stock. a couple to trade for other meat products if i can find others who would trade meat- venison for example. do any of you tend towards a meat 'light' diet and raise your own for those special occasions? how does this work out practically for you?