I have a 7 week old chick who has been having seizures for 3 weeks now. His condition is not improving, he never gets on the perch or even off the ground. He's with a flock of 24 and the others don't pick on him, but I just can't, in good concious let him keep going. He stumbles, walks around with his head down, trembling and doing somersaults.
It's time to put him down, and I am thinking I need to do it. (My husband is willing, but hesitant, and if he does it, he will shoot him, and I don't see wasting the lead or taking the risk of hearing the gunshot go off in the neighborhood.) I think I can do it, and I want to do it in the morning so that I will have the entire day to come to terms with it before trying to go to sleep tomorrow night.
I need to be prepared. I am afraid I am going to pull the head completely off, and that will totally freak me out. I need to know how to do it quickly, and without causing the bird to panic, suffer, or without actually pulling the head all the way off. Can someone tell me how to position the broomhandle, how hard to pull the legs, and what I should expect (in case I need to take further action if I'm not successful the first pull).
Thanks for your help.
ETA - I have never put any living thing to death at my own hands, much less my bare hands. I'm okay with the concept, but I'm afraid of how I will deal with this emotionally, so any help/hints on that would be welcomed too.
Edited by RM44 - 2/3/10 at 6:45pm