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How to put a chick to sleep?

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The story behind this question is that I had some eggs incubating and some of them hatched yesterday, but two of the chicks had a hole in the stomach with their guts starting to poke out. I decided to stitch them up and apply Neosporin and they both seemed ok last night. This morning, one of them seems to be doing great, but the other's stitches apparently burst and I think the guts are hanging out too far for me to attempt again.

 

Sorry if that bothers some of you, but  the reason I am asking this is because I still have about 12 eggs in the incubator and I want to be ready if it happens again. I want to know of there is a way to make the chick go to sleep so that they aren't awake for the stitching so that they don't have to feel the pain and so that they don't keep moving while I'm doing it.

 

I know a lot of you will probably tell me that I should put them down, but I want to attempt to save them if I see a chance. However, if some of you have some quick and painless methods that I could use for chicks that are in too bad a shape, then that would be helpful. (I would rather not cut their necks)


Edited by metalman488 - 3/18/16 at 5:31am
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You can use vinegar and baking soda in a 50:50 mix in a covered container such as a coffee can with the lid, and it will euthanize them in a minute of two. I have done that will 2 chicks who were born with brain damage. Car starting fluid that contains ether is another method. Most simply cut the necks off. It is not pleasant any way you do it, but it is necessary if they are suffering. Here is a link to many threads on the subject:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=humanly+euthanizing+chicks

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I'm not sure anesthesia exists for chickens, if that's what you mean. I know that numbing medication can be lethal to them if given in even moderate doses and should never be attempted by anyone but a trained vet.

 

The carbon dioxide method always sounded like the least painful way. They "pass out" from lack of oxygen fairly quickly and are asleep when they pass.

 

It's horrible no matter how to choose to do it. I am sorry for your hatching troubles. :(

 

MrsB

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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