(Photo by Farmer Bee)
As I come upon the 1 year mark of raising chickens, the end of their egg laying coming nearer each day, I have been trying to shift my perception of them as pets to livestock and ultimately food.
This has been pretty difficult for me and I find myself making excuses as to why I can't eat "these chickens". "I've grown attached to them" being the most earnest excuse I can muster, but in addition to that, I've blathered on at times about how it's not exactly cost effective to slaughter a flock of four hens and how, if I could do it differently, I would have gotten all of the same breed so as to avoid anthropomorphizing them. This, in my mind, would have helped to make it easier for me to murder my pets.