When it comes to slaughter time (which is usually a surplus Rooster for me) I am often at a loss as to what to say to the animal, how to thank it for it's service to my family's stomachs and further more, how to prepare myself emotionally and mentally.
I don't like doing it (who does?), but I accept it as an important part of our permaculture lives (i know it's not for everyone). My heart starts pumping the adrenaline as soon as I decide today is the day. In the early days I would decide on the spot, go grab the bird and do it quickly, before I could freak out.
More recently after more experience, I decide ahead of time; go get the bird the night before as it is sleeping; place it in a small cage for the night and then do the killing in the morning. This way, the other animals don't get spooked when I am catching it; the animal is less distressed because I haven't just chased it around, etc. I make sure I have my equipment ready well in advance...
But when it comes to actually take the life I would like to say something, a prayer if you will, give some respect to the animal. Does anyone else have a ritual?, a prayer? that you would care to share with me?
Thanks in advance