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Can't bear to eat my own chickens...Anyone else find it hard to do?

Answered on April 03, 2015
Created February 13, 2013 at 11:39 PM

I raise my own chickens and roosters but when it comes to eating them I just can't stomach it. I know each and every chicken and roosters personality and even call some by names. It becomes extremely difficult to enjoy my meal when I personally know the animal. Anybody else find it really hard to eat your own animals?

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on June 09, 2013
at 05:02 PM

Lunch, Dinner, Supper, Breakfast, Snack, Elevensie ... there you go, 6 more names. ;-)

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on February 14, 2013
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Growing up, I used to have a chicken as a pet. Her name was Lola. She was so nice to me! She recognized me and she liked hanging around. Chickens are actually very nice as pets. They "talk" to you and they are very interested in humans.

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on February 14, 2013
at 03:40 AM

You have to go into it with the mindset that the chickens are not pets. We don't name our chickens. We feed them and they feed us. It makes it easier when they die or we kill them for dinner.

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on February 14, 2013
at 01:32 AM

My dad has the same problem. He is personally attached to his chickens, and says the chickens recognize him and have minds and thoughts of their own. He cannot eat them. One time he succeeded in killing and cooking one, but I could see he was about to burst into tears at the table...That's why he only raises hens so he can at least eat their eggs.

When I visit him, he offers one of his chickens as our dinner under the conditions that I catch, kill, cook and eat the animal. It's too much work. So I have not tasted one either. Eggs are good enough for me.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 14, 2013
at 05:54 AM

Growing up, I used to have a chicken as a pet. Her name was Lola. She was so nice to me! She recognized me and she liked hanging around. Chickens are actually very nice as pets. They "talk" to you and they are very interested in humans.

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on February 14, 2013
at 12:30 AM

I have a friend who swaps his animals with a like-minded neighboring farmer so they don't have to eat their friends. I guess some people will say that it is hypocritical to not eat animals you know and eat other animals, but I totally understand. I 100% think it is ethical to eat meat that wasn't raised and killed in an asshole manner, but it is hard to look a living creature in the face and know it has to die for you.

Just remember that you have given them a good life, make sure to ensure them a good death, and take a few minutes to truly reflect on and appreciate the life that was sacrificed for your health. I know that sounds intense, but look at the factory farming system that developed when we lost that appreciation.

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on June 09, 2013
at 01:23 AM

This is how I look at it: in our society, many people, particularly militant vegetarians and vegans want to make others feel guilty about killing and eating animals. This is merely a social pressure that we should separate ourselves from. I believe that abusing animals or killing them for no reason is cruel. However, eating them should be seen as a natural part of the food chain. We do not see carnivorous animals as cruel because they eat other animals. Their bodies are engineered to eat meat. It is very natural. Same goes for humans. Our bodies are designed to thrive off of animal meat. It is simply how we are made. There is nothing shameful or inhumane about nourishing our bodies with the foods that we were meant to eat.

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on June 09, 2013
at 12:36 PM

Don't name them.

Or if you do, call them "McNugget", it will be easier !

Mike

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on June 09, 2013
at 05:02 PM

Lunch, Dinner, Supper, Breakfast, Snack, Elevensie ... there you go, 6 more names. ;-)

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on April 03, 2015
at 09:51 PM

A great reason to try insects. I never had a meaningful relationship with an artropod.

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on April 03, 2015
at 04:46 PM

Perhaps it is a reason to become a vegiterian! Personaly I have no qualms eating and even killing a chicken for food, but I certainly understand my many people do. I feel more compassionate to the death of a mammal as they supposedly??have feelings.

Also I highly recommend a documentary called Food, Inc.

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on June 10, 2013
at 03:38 AM

There are some places that will take your chickens, and return to you a chicken that was equally well raised by another family. So, you still get chicken, you know it had a good home, but it is not "yours." Of course, you still know that your chicken is dead, but is providing another family with a meal.

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on June 09, 2013
at 05:07 PM

I haven't been into this situation (and I'd certainly not want to be) but as a former vegetarian and as someone who can establish a sentimental link with other living creatures different than humans, I think I can understand. Similar thinking made me take very hard confrontations with my inner self in the past.

I guess it cannot be helped, if we are really meant to eat animals, let it be this way. Evolution made it this way for some reason, they would even eat other animals as some others pointed out. That does not mean you don't need to feel sad for a life you have taken from an animal you raised and somehow 'loved'. But if you're going to do it, be aware of it, endure it, let it be in the less violent way you can manage to get, and be grateful for the luck you have being in that position. That's my current line of thinking.

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on February 15, 2013
at 03:42 AM

you gotta have a friend do it, just make sure they save all the good parts, heart, liver, extra yolks...etc:)

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