I know, this subject has been beat to death. But... Need words of encouragement, or - discouragement, and - advice from first-time experience, please. Before I ordered the chicks I thought, well, I'll keep the hens and butcher the roos, then, hatch more chicks, etc. etc. Real sustainability. Well, the chicks are 3.5 months old now and a couple of roos need to go. Even though I will not personally do the deed, DH signed up for the job, I just know, I will be crying over the dead body of the rooster and probably will not even be able to eat it. How does one overcome that stumbling block? Literally, I am agonizing about that D-day even though it's not here yet. I love my chickens! I pet them, they sing to me, they crowd me, you know how they are. I don't name them, but still, they are so cool! The whole idea was to get chickens and ducks and stop buying chemicalized food from the store. But it is so hard to start killing these little curious creatures.