As a guideline, about £1 per km is fine. Anything more than this would have to be someting special. I can't believe the amount of money that some people are prepared to pay!
Most club organised races seem to get it more or less right but the commercial organisations can be real rip-off merchants. (over 30 quid for a trail 10k with no road closures?). I do a couple of pricey races each year - Reading and Bristol halves this year, the other 25 or so races are more reasonably priced. There is no need to charge the earth. We put on a tough, off road 10 mile hill race in December for £5, without making a loss.
I've been a subscriber since '97. Generally, there is something of interest each month, but it is mostly repetetive, sometimes contradictory and frequently pushing sponsors. Do be honest, my mum took out the subscription for me and renews it each year as a birthday present, otherwise I would have cancelled years ago.
I find some of the american articles irritating, particularly when they don't even bother to change the spelling, terminology or "seasons". The biggest failing in my opinion is the ongoing reduction of content for committed club runners, epitomised by the demise of real race reports ( as opposed to plugs) and the quiet dropping of the occasional items about clubs and local running scenes. The occasional piece of extended writing with polysyllabic words and depth of content reminds me of how good I used to find the magazine. At least it is better than "Men's Health" - what a pile of steaming cr*p that is!
Our poultry numbers are greatly reduced following a fox visit in the autumn. We keep males and females, allowing the girls a relaxed retirement when they stop laying (ours yend to lay up to about 5 years). The males are eaten at about 6 months old - the flavour beats even the free range chicken from our butcher.
Don't use those dispatcher tools! They kill by crushing the neck rather than breaking it. The traditional method is quicker and less traumatic. If, like me, you don't think your wrists are strong enough, use the broomstick method. (You don't need to cut and bleed the bird - hang it for a day and the blood drains into the neck (makes good stock).