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Help skull and neck exposed! How to euthanize my hen

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I think my picked on hen got mauled by the flock today. I came home and found her barely moving with her skull and inner neck exposed. She will die but how can I help her sooner? Shes standing and taking a few steps but looks woozy. I don't want to cut, snap or chop her neck because of the injury. I'm also a big baby
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Here is a video on disarticulating a chicken http://youtu.be/UXd82LNmwxc warning though its graphic. Just remind yourself you are ending the misery for it. Sorry that you go through this. Best wishes.
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Originally Posted by kerusnak View Post

I think my picked on hen got mauled by the flock today. I came home and found her barely moving with her skull and inner neck exposed. She will die but how can I help her sooner? Shes standing and taking a few steps but looks woozy. I don't want to cut, snap or chop her neck because of the injury. I'm also a big baby

Are you sure she can't be saved? Can you post a picture?

-Kathy
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Sorry. I must be a big baby too, cuz I have tears in my eyes right now.... :hit

 

But I'm here to learn because I know I will one day face something similar.

 

I read yesterday about using ether (starting fluid) to euthanize a chick. I would think it would work the same.

 

Good luck.

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I ended up having hubby come home and help. She was definately going to die. Poor girl was soaked in blood and barely responsive. Hubby thought he could see brain. I feel so sorry for the pain she must have been in for hours before I got home. We didn't have an axe or knife (not that I am going to pretend I could have done it that way) so we decided to shoot her. The only .22 we had was a rifle but it did the job. I'm still in shock that the other girls did that to her.
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I am very sorry.
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