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post #11 of 18

I've seen people put them in a bucket with a lid and fill the bucket with CO2 (if you know anyone that homebrews or has CO2 tanks) then close the lid.  They stop breathing quickly and its painless for the little guys.

post #12 of 18

I use a CO2 chamber, but I realize not everyone has the equipment for that.  The easiest way to do a single chick that is relatively painless and you don't have to watch is to put them in a ziploc baggie and put them in the freezer.  They will go unconscious, just like we do, and "go to sleep"... I had to do it this evening with a little millie that had a useless leg... I can't stand to watch, either. sad

post #13 of 18
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I have a soda stream... so perhaps I can use the CO2 cartridge from there and rig something up.   Brahmas have the most marvelous chirp.  I'm going to miss her.

post #14 of 18

Yeah, I personally do it the ziplock in freezer technique. Of course, sometimes I forget about it, and then when I see it again, it makes me sad all over again. Still, I think it's the cleanest and most humane way to do it.

post #15 of 18
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I opted for the CO2 method with soda stream cartridge.  I think I did it wrong as she thrashed a bit at the end.   I think I should have filled the baggy with CO2 a little and then waited until she was sleepy before filling it completely.   I know it's silly but I'm going to bury her with my other ones now.

post #16 of 18

just wring its neck.  chicks have weak necks and it is very easy to do.

I believe it is the quickest way.

post #17 of 18

i feel SO sorry for you! hit  i hope that all your other chicks turn out beautiful and strong. I think you did the right thing. hugs

First time chicken momma to 7 fuzzy butts: Charlotte the Light Brahma, Amelia the Salmon Faverolle, Cindy Lou the Black Silkie, Eglantine the Blue Silkie, Buffy the Buff Orpington, Lucy the SLW, Gracie the SLW. P.S my avatar is Amelia.
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First time chicken momma to 7 fuzzy butts: Charlotte the Light Brahma, Amelia the Salmon Faverolle, Cindy Lou the Black Silkie, Eglantine the Blue Silkie, Buffy the Buff Orpington, Lucy the SLW, Gracie the SLW. P.S my avatar is Amelia.
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post #18 of 18

Just wanted you to know that I said a prayer for you.  That must've been so hard for you to do.  However, I'm sure the chick felt your love - and it was right to provide peace since she couldn't have lived.

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