I refuse to believe this was a gap in our homeschooling. I refuse. Somewhere, somehow this must have been discussed, where the raw chicken meat sold in the store that we buy and cook here at home comes from.
The other day I shocked my eight year old by informing him that no, humans do not hunt chickens. He said he was sure that all the chicken eaten in America was from having been hunted down and killed by someone.
He recoiled in disgust at the idea of intentionally hatching chickens and raising them on farms in order to kill them so we can eat them. This absolutely horrified him.
Welcome to modern day America, boy. If he was raised as my mother was he would be raising his own chickens and he would have been slaughtering them himself. Or he would have had a hunting rifle at age five like my uncles and done a lot of hunting (and poaching) in order to provide food for the family. You do what you have to do when you are poor and that includes poaching game from the woods of northern Maine. But we didn't get into that.
This conversation then went into a discussion of where does the farmer get the chicken? It hatches from an egg? Where does the egg come from? Another chicken. But where did that come from? From some other chicken farmer. This went round and round until he started laughing.
The conversation ended with another proclamation that the idea of raising chickens on farms in order to kill them to eat them seemed not right.
I was wondering if he was about to choose the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle at that point. Since he dislikes nearly all vegetables and most fruits that would be an issue as I refuse to raise my children on bread and wheat products alone.
It probably won't be long before he brings up this topic again...