Let me start off by saying I've never killed anything in my life. However, I do enjoy eating meat in all forms. I married a hunter and I'm glad he hunts it's just not something I could do. But I'll eat it. So we got chickens a few years ago and I haven't had to worry about what to do with the "non-layers" until now. But this whole "feeding them then having to buy eggs from other people" thing is getting kinda old. The more I look at them the more they start looking like chicken dinner. They started out as pets BUT I'm slowly turning more towards pets that turn into food. Would they even be any good to eat at this point? I'm guessing this is where the term "stew hen" came from. One is an Anacona, two are Dominique, and another is ?? feed store special. I also have two EE that aren't to this point yet but are they any good for meat? All of this leads me to a new line of thought. It's not really doing any good to not eat the chickens I raise when I am buying chicken at the store. Chickens still died. At least at home I can control the living conditions, feed, and slaughter method. Also I can buy straight run chicks which are cheaper AND why let the boy chicks be ground up (or whatever) and wasted when I can eat them? Don't laugh at me. This is actually a huge step for me. Anyone else take a little while to figure out that eating the chickens you raise is okay? Oh and I won't be the one processing the birds. That will all be done by hubby and father-in-law while I am at work. I'll pay my FIL in meat.