I have a rooster that we never intended to be a meat bird that has become increasingly rough with the hens...I think he was stressing them out to the point that they weren't laying well. The time has come to relieve this problem and put him into the stew pot. I have 3 and 4 year old girls. The 3 year old is extremely flighty and would probably make a joke about it. The 4 year old is particularly attached to the chickens...not this specific one, but the flock in general. She says that bad, bad animals are the ones that we eat, like good cows are the ones that give us milk and bad cows are the ones that we eat---Daddy only hunts for bad, bad deer and leaves the good ones, like Bambi, in the woods. We've tried to tell her that Chaser is a bad, bad rooster that bites and pecks his favorite hens and knocks her rooster, Roscoe, off the roost. Obviously if we had planned on culling the birds, we would not have named them. She just does not want this to be the course of action. So here's my question(s). Have any of you dealt with this before and what were the lasting effects? I have very few problems with several of the options. We can have Chaser Chicken Soup and just not tell her that's what it is. However, we have always tried to give as much reality to the world as a 4 year old is able to handle. We can just tell her that's what we are eating, but I don't want her to be hung up on it weeks from now. I don't want her to question everything I give her to eat. Any personal experiences or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.