I just took my first 24 Frey's Special Dual Purpose meat birds to the slaughter house. I guess I'm a softy at heart because it made me very sad. I guess it's a good thing I didn't try to kill them at home. I probably wouldn't have been much help to the others. And I guess it's true that the more you handle them the harder it is to see them die because I was fine with my first 2 pigs getting killed and that was in my back yard, but I had more contact with the chickens. I know that they will taste good and be very healthy for me and my family though so I know it's all worth it. A big thank-you to BackYard Chickens for soooo much information. You've really helped me learn all about chickens. Starting with my coop design right to slaughter day. Very appreciative of this site!