Hello all! I started working at a major rural retailer this year--right in the middle of the baby chick selling season. As someone aspiring to be a vegetarian (an animal lover in general), dealing with the little ones that didn't make it in shipping was very difficult for me. To get through the existential crisis, I decided I would invest every available moment of my day in the care of the chicks. I tried to make sure they were all as comfortable and happy as they could be while they were in the store. I always kept quite a few chicks at any given time by my desk in the back to give the small or sick ones a little extra care. Long story short, I became really attached. I loved working with the chicks (and those crazy ducks!) so much! Now the season is almost over and I am sad that I won't have chickens in my life anymore. My husband and I have always talked about starting a small hobby farm on our property. After this experience, I would very much like to have some chickens of my own. I like the idea of raising and selling heirloom breeds to hopefully break even on their care--but I would have a hard time selling them if I knew they were most likely going to end up as someone's dinner. Are their any kind of opportunities for a vegetarian chicken farmer? I watched a documentary about chicken people last year that show chickens and thought that might be something I could get into. Thoughts? Thanks for listening!