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.
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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.
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.
just wring its neck. chicks have weak necks and it is very easy to do.
I believe it is the quickest way.
i feel SO sorry for you! i hope that all your other chicks turn out beautiful and strong. I think you did the right thing.