I processed one of my older EE hens today. I was in no way attached to this hen it was totally utilitarian. It did not even have a name. That being said I was almost overcome with remorse before I lowered the hatchet. I have slaughtered hundreds of animals but I felt sorry for this hen just as I did my duck last thanksgiving. It was not bad enough to stop me but it seemed worse than I have ever experienced. Does it get worse as you get older? I love meat and will not become a vegetarian so I would rather raise my meat and dispatch it myself so I know its done humanely. This was a big heavy hen or so it seemed. The finished hen easily fit in a gallon ziplock bag with plenty of room for the saltwater. I was sort of disappointed. The small amount of meat this hen had did not seem worth the effort to me. I think from now on I will sell my surplus hens and only dispatch them incase of injury. Hopefully I will get a little more meat from roos.