I've been learning about keeping chickens for eggs and butchering them for meat with another homeschooling mom pal of mine. We want our kids to have more awareness & appreciation for their food sources. We also want to gain essential survival skills that used to be so commonplace, but are becoming scarce in these modern times. We've both heard tales from many other folks who hear of our ventures in home processing and share their own stories of being somehow traumatized during a past encounter with some relative butchering their chickens. I wonder if my efforts to educate my children about the benefits of home-grown foods will backfire and instead drive them into the bosom of Colonel Sanders. My friend now has no such fears. The other morning her 3-year-old son, who has frequently watched us at work chopping & plucking & gutting, snuggled up to her in bed just as she was waking up. "Mommy, you know what I think?" he whispered into her neck, wrapping his arms around her, "Mommy, you're the BEST chicken killer EVER!" My friend, who takes her compliments wherever she can get them, simply said "Thank you!"