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Most humane way to kill 8 year old hen

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What is the most humane way to put down a chicken (please don't say chop off head, can't do it).  Our 8 year old is so slow and crippled that she attracks lice/mites to herself and I don't want them spreading to the other 2 aldult birds or the 2 seven week olds that will soon be going into that chicken yard.  Or could we could just dust her every other week????

post #2 of 56

I would try dusting her with sevin dust everyother week. If she is the crippled, you may just want to do the humane thing and release her from her suffering. Yes, chop off her head. hithit

Mother of 3 German Shepherds, 8 horses, 5 cats, 2 golden pheasants, 7 Red Golden Pheasants, 1 peacock, 2 peahens (2peafowl eggs), 12 ducks (plus 24 eggs), 6 geese, 150+ chickens, 14 Guineas and an incubator full 
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post #3 of 56

A quick and hard blow to the head will knock her out instantly.  She won't feel a thing.  Sounds like she's had a good long life.  I don't know many 8 year old chickens that's for sure.  Good luck with your girl smile

Wife and mommy to 3-Dogs, 4-Lovebirds, 6-Black Australorp, 1-Ameraucana, 1-Barred Rock, 1-Leghorn, and  1-New Hampshire Red Rooster (a massive roo & my favorite chicken, although he wants to hurt me a lot of the time, that ungrateful little @#%*&!) 
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Wife and mommy to 3-Dogs, 4-Lovebirds, 6-Black Australorp, 1-Ameraucana, 1-Barred Rock, 1-Leghorn, and  1-New Hampshire Red Rooster (a massive roo & my favorite chicken, although he wants to hurt me a lot of the time, that ungrateful little @#%*&!) 
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post #4 of 56

So sorry.
Do you have a local vet or or other facility that might put her to sleep?

When life gives you cracked eggs, make an omelet!

Mama hen to: Three dogs, one cat, four Ameraucanas, five Production Reds, one EE and two humans.
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When life gives you cracked eggs, make an omelet!

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post #5 of 56
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Someone said just put her in large plastic bag and she will go to sleep and suffocate.  More or less humane than other suggestions?  Vet put to sleep would be good but pretty sure spouse would not want to pay for it.  If a vet around here would do it.  Whenever I've called to ask about chicken injury/illness they say "dinner".

post #6 of 56

If it were me I would say quick and painless, which means a bullet or a hatchet.  If you cant do it maybe you know someone who could do the deed for you.  I grew up with a love of animals but when they cant function anymore its not cruel to do it, its respecting their life.

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Originally Posted by ams3651 

If it were me I would say quick and painless, which means a bullet or a hatchet.  If you cant do it maybe you know someone who could do the deed for you.  I grew up with a love of animals but when they cant function anymore its not cruel to do it, its respecting their life.


Absolutely,  bullet or hatchet,    all this  suffocating,  gassing  stuff  is terrible   inhumane and  downward  cowardish.

If you can't  chop  heads  off, ask somebody who   will.

Good  Lord  made birds  of meat   for us  to eat.
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post #8 of 56

How "crippled"? And for how long? Is she in pain? Or is it just a matter of dusting her or separating her from the others?

She's probably going to die soon anyway. Why not just let nature take it's course? She's lived this long, let the old girl go when she's ready.

post #9 of 56

My DH does the "deed" for me because I am to much of a girl!!  He uses a bullet.  It is over in an instant.  I am sorry you have to make this decision.  It is always a tough choice.  hugs  Best wishes with whatever you decide.

Recently relocated to Colorado, now an empty nester, new state, new house, new adventure!
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post #10 of 56

I took one of my chickens to the vet, chicken has a twisted beak.  The vet said that he is a very healthy at this time There is really nothing that can be done for the chicken except to keep his top beak trimmed.  The vet told me that if I didn't want to bring Forrest in to be put down (if he loses weight or failure to thrive) then the next most humane way to kill a chicken is snapping/twisting the neck.  I would first try dusting the bird, then cull if necessary.   Theresa

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