Hello. I started posting here quite a while ago... I think it might have been a year, with the intentions of getting chickens. I'm still planning on getting chickens, but it will have to wait a couple years. In the mean time, I am very troubled and would like some advice. First of all, my views on animals are very conflicted. I love them, but I'm also a hunter at heart, and I fully intend to kill deer, rabbits, and chickens for food and no other reason. I want to be self sufficient, and know that I can take care of myself if society ever goes to hell in a hand basket. I plan on having meat birds and egg laying birds. I have already accepted that I will have to kill the meat birds and feel bad about it, but I also heard that when egg laying birds stop laying, people kill them for the meat. It makes sense, to avoid wasting resources on a chicken that doesn't lay eggs, but I don't know if I can treat these animals like pets and then kill them just because they stop laying. They aren't old, sick, or diseased. So my feelings on this are mixed. It's a bit hypocritical in comparison to my practical approach to meat birds, but while I intended to be nice to the meat birds, I wasn't going to treat them like pets, give them names, or pet them. Do you kill your egg layers when they stop laying? If so, I would like feedback, opinions, and view points. I would like to know how you feel about it either way, because I am on the fence about this. To me, it's survival to kill an animal and eat it, but as I said above, for many reasons I'm conflicted. Also, another question to those who raise meat birds - is it hard for you to kill them? I know I have the resolve to do it, but it's possible I will feel very bad about it. Probably, actually. And, I believe I already know the answer to this one, but does it cut costs at all to raise and kill meat birds on your own instead of buying the processed (and probably unhealthy) ones from the store?