New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

How to cull a chick? - Page 3

post #21 of 55

Snip off his head real quick with VERY sharp scissors or lopers, so quick and painless... hugs

post #22 of 55

Ok.. I have to get in on this one... I will never ever ever ever EVER try to break another chick(ens) neck!!! I had a chick that was about 6 weeks old.. He had eaten so much that he started suffocating (was a golden comet roo) and I couldn't even see what was stuck let alone get it out.. After trying some olive oil and trying to rub his crop to get whatever was caught moving, I saw his face turning purple and I knew I had to cull him.. I took him outside, grabbed his shoulders with one hand and just behind his head with the other, turned and pulled.. I heard a pop and he went limp.. As I started to walk down the stairs to bury him, he picked his head back up, still trying to gasp for air.. HE WAS STILL ALIVE!!!!! I started to panic since it was my first cull and tried doing it 4 more times and each time, he would go limp and then pick his head back up!! I finally put him on the ground and did one more pull and decapitated him! I felt so horrible.. If I would have thought for one second, i would have used the shovel to decapitate him in a much quicker and nicer way.. I didn't mean for that to happen and had nightmares that night... I now have a machete that is all shined up and sharpened if I ever need to do it again!

Goddess jumpy

3 Dogs, 2 Cats, 4 Production Red x Speckled Sussex, 5 Barred rock, 3 Golden Comet, 1 AM x RIR, 1 AM x DBB, 4 Lav Orp, 1 Blue Orp, 5 DBB mutt mixes, a serious obsession with my chickens and a loving husband who thinks I am absolutely NUTS!
RIP Momma 12/26/2011 (see avatar)
My name is Terri and I'm a hatchaholic!!!
Reply
3 Dogs, 2 Cats, 4 Production Red x Speckled Sussex, 5 Barred rock, 3 Golden Comet, 1 AM x RIR, 1 AM x DBB, 4 Lav Orp, 1 Blue Orp, 5 DBB mutt mixes, a serious obsession with my chickens and a loving husband who thinks I am absolutely NUTS!
RIP Momma 12/26/2011 (see avatar)
My name is Terri and I'm a hatchaholic!!!
Reply
post #23 of 55

I'm glad I never had to be faced with culling. I would have to get my husband to do it. There is no way I could kill an animal. I would feel so horrible. I understand certain situations you have no choice, but my animals are my babies and I totally understand how hard this is to do. Good Luck !!

post #24 of 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jarheadred 

So does "cull" really means "kill?"


Not always.  Usage is to indicate an individual is simply removed from group based on some undesired characteristic.  When I cull bitties from from potential breeding flock / population, the culled chicks are simply transferred to either the poduction flock or sold to neighbor lady that uses them for eggs.  If problem more serious then yes, individual is terminated immediately.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.
Reply
Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.
Reply
post #25 of 55
Thread Starter 

If this little guy could stand and hold his head up I would certainly give him a chance, but he can't, he chirps constantly, he calms down after I give him some water and will sleep for awhile. He slept in the zip lock bag no struggling, but after 4 hrs he's still with us. My husband just took him out to finish him off. Don't know what or how but he said he would make it quick. So it's done.
Thanks for all the tips and techniques, if I do this again I will have a plan before they hatch. I would have no problem culling an animal in pain and have done that, but this little guy just wanted to live and I kept giving him time to "get up" but it didn't happen.
Any ideas why he wouldn't have the top part of his beak?

post #26 of 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sumatra503 

I generally just wring the neck. It is quick and painless and their is no mess to clean up.

Most of the "No See" methods, like suffocating ina bag or vinegar and baking soda in a sealed container are not fail safe methods and generally cause the chick to suffer more than they need to. Suffocation and drowning are far from painless and can take a very long time to take effect. Often times if it seems kinder than wringing the neck or cutting off the head it isn't. You need to think about what is best for the bird and not what is best for you.

Not to sound like a jerk, but if you can't stomach killing a bird outright and you have no one to do this for you, then you may want to consider not raising chickens. You will have to cull one eventually for whatever reason and it is just not fair to the bird if you can't stand kill it fast and painless.


thumbsup x2

You haven't seen a tree until you've seen it's shadow from the sky. --Amelia Earhart

Reply

You haven't seen a tree until you've seen it's shadow from the sky. --Amelia Earhart

Reply
post #27 of 55

If I have this problem I take after the french and there bloodiest of inventions.  Your going to bury him anyway so go dig the whole next to your garden or flowers.   put chick on ground closed to the hole you just dug pin him with a shoe and sever the head then scrap the new fertilizer you just made into the garden or flower bed.   If you have to kill one at least make use of what you can even if it's to feed a marigold.

post #28 of 55

I had a quail cjick here on the farm that wasn't doing well a day or so ago. 


I was going to do the "flick skull" method, but mother nature beat me to it.  sad

It's never a fun thing to do, but it sure beats watching an animal suffer. I feel for you and can sympathize.

post #29 of 55
Thread Starter 

No it wasn't fun and I was hoping that he would have died on his own. I figured if he was missing a beak and couldn't stand or hold his head up there should have been something internally that would have quit. But not so with this little bugger. All the others are very vigorous and growing by the hour.
Thanks for everyone's support. I'll be better prepared next time.

post #30 of 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenGoddess 

Ok.. I have to get in on this one... I will never ever ever ever EVER try to break another chick(ens) neck!!! I had a chick that was about 6 weeks old.. He had eaten so much that he started suffocating (was a golden comet roo) and I couldn't even see what was stuck let alone get it out.. After trying some olive oil and trying to rub his crop to get whatever was caught moving, I saw his face turning purple and I knew I had to cull him.. I took him outside, grabbed his shoulders with one hand and just behind his head with the other, turned and pulled.. I heard a pop and he went limp.. As I started to walk down the stairs to bury him, he picked his head back up, still trying to gasp for air.. HE WAS STILL ALIVE!!!!! I started to panic since it was my first cull and tried doing it 4 more times and each time, he would go limp and then pick his head back up!! I finally put him on the ground and did one more pull and decapitated him! I felt so horrible.. If I would have thought for one second, i would have used the shovel to decapitate him in a much quicker and nicer way.. I didn't mean for that to happen and had nightmares that night... I now have a machete that is all shined up and sharpened if I ever need to do it again!

Goddess jumpy


oh wow! what a story!!! i can only imagine how you must've felt! i would have nightmares too! you poor thing! and poor thing to the chick too!

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Incubating & Hatching Eggs