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Need advice re: euthanasia that didn't go well

post #1 of 5
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I got baby chicks a week ago, and one little polish roo hasn't looked well since I got him. His crop was enlarged, he had a prolapsed vent, he was wobbly and unsteady. He wasn't growing like the others, and the rest of the flock was starting to pick on him. Yesterday he looked a little better, and I went to sleep feeling cautiously optimistic. I found him this morning laying in the box looking quite dead. In a panic I scooped him up so the kids wouldn't see, and realized he was 95% dead. I couldn't bring myself to break his neck or decapitate him, I was worried I would do it wrong. So I put him in a sandwich bag with about 3 Tbsp baking soda and maybe 1/4 c hydrogen peroxide, then added a kid sock for him to lay on, and closed the top. I realized after I did it that I didn't think to seal out the air. 

 

He never resisted and his eyes were never open, but he lay there gasping for an hour before he passed on. I thought this should have taken much less time, and I'm worried I gave him a less than humane death because of my inexperience. Was the hydrogen peroxide too old and not potent enough? Should I have sealed out the air? Or was this what I should have expected for it to have taken so long?

 

Any advice would be appreciated so I am better prepared next time. It was a hard morning, and if it could have been easier, I would like to know how to improve things. 

post #2 of 5

You did the best that you were able to do, and given his debilitated state I doubt that he 'suffered'.  Harsh as it may seem, cervical dislocation/decapitation is one of the most humane ways to euthanize a bird.

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post #3 of 5
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Do you have any resources for how to do it so I can be ready for next time? I should mention, I'm a nurse, so I don't have a problem with death or illness. I just don't want to botch it and have him suffer as a result. 


Edited by abqferreira - 5/26/16 at 8:57am
post #4 of 5

On a chick that small a pair of strong scissors or shears would be quick and effective.  Grasping the bird in one hand, placing the forefinger and middle finger of the other hand to each side of the head on the neck , pulling firmly and quickly works.  For many it is a hard thing to do, but it is quick and 100 % effective.

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post #5 of 5
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Thanks, good advice. 

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