When Matt decided we should start raising broiler chickens for our family and for the markets I was so completely against it.  I have been a vegetarian since I was 12, I'm two weeks away from 31 :)  I never felt good about the common practice of industrial farming where animals were confined in huge chicken or hog or cattle houses.  I always loved farming and my favorite toys were plastic farm animals that I housed in a cardboard box barn I constructed and my green John Deere Tractor.  When I got a bit older I read books on how to be a pig farmer etc, these books described a setting very different from my ideas of farming with a red barn, happy critters running around with plenty of space, food, and care.  The knowledge I gained from these "farming" books lead me to my desire to eliminate meat from my diet as to "boycott" in my very mature feeling 12 year old brain, these large, inhumane industrial farms.  I didn't want to eat animals that had been raised that way.  
    So cut to 17 years later when Matt and I were developing our tiny little farm. Matt wanted ducks for our pond, and chickens for eggs followed not too far behind.  We brought in the sheep thinking it would be fun for the kids and would provide awesome fiber to use.  Of course the sheep have become one of the great loves of my life :) While we were discussing plans for the garden and how much we needed to plant to cover ourselves and have some for Farmer's Markets Matt started toying around with the idea of raising some broilers out on pasture. I could not imagine raising these tiny fluffy chicks and butcher them on the farm two months later.  We did a ton of research on which birds to raise, housing to build, and grain to supplement with. Turns out it is one of the best things we have done for the farm! Not only did it open up our customer reach from Carthage to Syracuse but it has taught us so much. We have found a whole new respect and appreciate for our food and has taught this little vegetarian that humane, healthy livestock are a possibility for our children (I still do not eat meat, yet :). I have to admit I still do not "kill" the chicken but I do help process, clean, and package it. I am proud to feed our family and our community a chicken that has been raised properly, on grass, with respect. I am sure when our goats, pigs, and future beef cows (the pigs and cows are in the works for 2014) are sent to butcher, it will be a heart wrenching experience but still well worth it to insure we are feeding our kids meat raised without hormones, antibiotics, or abuse. You don't have to be a rocket scientist, millionairre, or meat eater to raise your own pasture raised meats, believe me, I do it and have no regrets!