I'm just curious. I was taking some pictures of my 13 year old dressing some guineas and young roosters for our Thanksgiving dinner and one of my neighbors stopped by, and almost fainted. He said he might eat a farm chicken, but would never allow a child to help, much less allow a child to do it himself. I was raised on a small dirt farm, was helping to kill, dress and prepare food critters back as far I can remember. By the time I was 10 or so, Pa would just tell me which one he wanted and I'd catch, kill, dress and clean it and bring it to Ma ready to cut up and cook. He'd say "go get that old red hen with the crooked comb" or "We'll eat that young rooster that flogged your cousin last week". It wasn't cruel, wasn't mean, and wasn't unusual for our area, it's just the way things were. I've tried to raise my kids the same way. Jon is just now learning, this is only about the third time he's pretty much done it alone, but he is learning. He is 13 and has asbergers, so is a bit slow moving, slow thinking and very methodical, but he isn't stupid and I think he does very well all things considered. All my kids were doing it by this age. I guess I'm just curious as to what age everyone else teaches thier kids. Those that do, I know there are a lot who don't even do it themselves, much less teach the kids. Please, let's keep it friendly.