My 7 year old son decided he wanted to cull a rooster today after processing around 20 with me over the last year. For those who don't know he is a seven year old awesome little kid and a member here named Drumstick. He has had a good grasp on the food chain and eating chickens since we culled our first. I wasn't sure what I should do but he was determined. He picked the roo, handed it to me, and after I put the roo on the stump between the two screws holding the roo's head Drumstick swung the hatchet. He handled it like a strong young man, much better than I handled my first. He said he felt bad but he knew he did the right thing. We plucked and cleaned the bird and had a good old time doing it. We talked a lot about it while we cleaned it. I am SO PROUD and a bit worried I let him do this too young. We aren't hunters who seem to experience cleaning animals at younger ages. It's all sorta wierd. I've tried so hard to teach him the reality of the food chain but more so the value of life. Why can kids handle these realities better than us?