LMBO! yeah me to if they were Lobsters but not my wife she hates seafood.Yeah for me personally it'd be a little weird to eat an animal that was raised as a pet. Obviously it's not the same as eating your dog, but it's just not for me. If I had two or three dozen chickens I might feel differently. Eggs are different and I have no problem eating those. Also de-feathering and butchering is sorta labor intensive and messy, especially if you are only butchering one or two birds. I've done it with wild turkeys and it wasn't enjoyable.
Chicken is fairly inexpensive meat and USDA organic free range chicken is readily available if I want to go that route.
When these birds stop laying or slow down, I'll list them in Craigslist for free and whoever takes them can keep them around or butcher them if they wish.
Now if they were lobsters, I think I'd have already eaten them!
I was raised on a farm and have never thought of the animals we had as a "pet" so no I'm not eating my dog. LOL............. :tango_face_wink:
I personally have no problem with raising them, having them produce eggs and sending them to the butcher at the end of the year once replacements were hatched and grown to the point of producing eggs. That takes two pens/tractors pens though. But I'l be happy with a dozen or more full grass feed birds in the freezer.
BTW Doug have you thought about a "chicken tractor"?
Chicken poop is good for the lawn. :tango_face_wink: the garden too. :tango_face_devil: the can mow it an fertilized at the same time. :tango_face_devil: