I spoke with a friend yesterday who told me that she had spent the day eviscerating 28 chickens. She had become friendly with the family from whom she buys eggs and they said that they were going to start raising and slaughtering chickens to sell at market. They invited her to help and she obliged. She did not/could not do the actual throat-slitting, but did disembowel the chickens. She wasn't as affected by it until afterwards when she had time to reflect. From what she had told me, Mr. Farmer had a similiar discomfort afterwards with slitting the chickens throats.
I was fortunate to visit a suckling pig restaurant in Portugal a couple of years ago. The server was kind enough to invite me into the back of the restaurant to view the baby pig holding area, the slaughter and evisceration area and the refrigeration rooms housing the prepped pigs and, of course the roasting ovens. It was all very interesting and I was grateful to have a better understanding of the process.
I thought about whether I could clean the chickens and I'm not certain that I would want to. Part of me thinks it's important to know the true process but the scaredy-cat side of me enjoys my blissful ignorance. Although I think I could conjure up the fortitude to participate if I were invited or the opportunity presented itself to me.
So have you? Could you? Would you?