BYC has helped me again.
I have 2 chicks out of the last 60 I hatched that have leg problems, I thought we had fixed the one but it went bad again. They are living in an incubator.
I need to cull them, I need the incubator for a hatcher again starting this afternoon for Wednesdays hatch.
I am such a sissy I did not want to cut their head off or bash them or anything. I was hoping for 40 below so I could just lay them outside to freeze, I am told that is like going to sleep, but who really knows.
I searched on here for a way my softy stomach could handle. I have seen enough useless death to last 4 lifetimes. I have no problem with processing chickens for food, in my moveable definition file, killing something for me to eat is not useless. A hapless baby chick is.
Anyway after all that wordiness, I found a way I can handle. I think it might help others here too.
I am going to use starting fluid, ether, Just put it to sleep, painless and fast. The thread I found said they are asleep after the first breath. I assume the canary in the mines theory and the birds advanced lung system. Still not a fan of culling a little chick but my brain knows it is the right thing to do, even if my heart does not..