My husband & i are starting to raise our own chickens. We just harvested our first EVER batch of Cornish cross. wow - it was a hard emotional day for us. Some of those birds were friendly and loved to be petted and we did! They left this earth knowing they were loved and cared for and had the best possible life here. would we do it again? yep, going to in early fall. Don't ever want my heart to be calloused to take a life, but hopefully it will get easier- some day. By mid spring we will have our first layers as pullets and we know we will need advice from those who have been there done that. Thankful to find a place to receive truthful advice.