So after treating one of my 4 wyandottes for Prolapse Vent for the past 10 - 14 days & watching her only get worse, my wife & I made the difficult decision to put her down. Read several threads on the subject & decided to use ether as we weren't planning on eating her since we had been treating her with Preparation H. We were concerned our lips would permanently pucker! The deed went about as well as could be expected. Not pleasant but it had to be done! She was a good bird & she will be missed, by us as well as her coop mates. They are looking for her, even the one she tormented! My Original plan was to get a couple more chicks this spring, raise them to POL then cull a few birds in the fall as the 4 will be 3 years old in March, then do the same the following year. Her untimely demise has postponed the need to cull for another year.
Thanks! This was a bit tough & has given me a little insight as to what lies ahead. Although, I fish & have hunted small game when I was younger, I have never raised an animal for butcher. I do want a laying flock however & am unable to keep more than 4 hens over the long term. In truth I should not have any at all! When the time comes I will do what I need to do in proper fashion, until then these girls will continue to be spoiled rotten. .
Yeah. I can't managed to butcher my own birds, but others in my family are willing to do it when we have too many birds. However, we try our best to keep all of them we can (I always fall in love with them). Generally we get rid of access roosters and old hens (besides my favorites of course).
It sure makes you enjoy your eggs more though when you have such awesome pets to give them to you.