A friend could not eat 10 of her hens that stopped laying so I said I would take them to the butcher because I hate waste. I was vegetarian for 4 years and never got egg layers for meat. I do eat humanely raised meat and wild caught game now so I felt hypocritical buying meat at the store but wasting free range chickens from a friend. The irony is that I could not bring myself to process a non laying hen of my own. A friend rehomed her the night before the butcher. It was intense taking 10 living creatures to the butcher and staying to watch the process. We had chicken and dumplings tonight and I was grateful for the sacrifice. Do any of you have problems butchering your own birds. I admit I don't think I am strong enough to process my own girls when they stop laying.