For one of my classes I am writing a paper on "backyard" meat birds. I am hoping that BYC might be able to lend me some insight on how raising and processing chickens has affected you personally. General experiences. For example, when did you process your first bird? Was there someone to help you? How long have you been doing it? Did/do you feel, emotionally, physically, financially or otherwise that it was/is a good investment? In particular, if you helped process chickens when you were a child, how do you think the experience shaped the person you are today (if it did)? If you have children, does raising meat birds give them a healthier appreciation for the sacrifice of life? Responsibility? Do you trust your chicken over the grocery's chicken? Answers don't have to be limited to the above questions. I'd love to read whatever opinions on the subject you have to share. I actually found a post made about a year back with a similar goal, but I'm focusing more on how processing has affected you/family members. Thank you!