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Originally Posted by Ole rooster View Post

  OK, I'll explain. I did think you could see what she said but I guess not. The OP said her husband, an avid hunter shot the rooster 4 times with a pellet gun and it ran off. Now you know as well as I a .22 caliber round and a shot from pellet gun are not the same in ballistic results. I would think a .22 would kill a rooster quit well. So you in the country and me in the country is still the same. Before anyone shoots anything with any caliber round, know what it will do before the fact. Is it lethal or not? Come on, you know better. smile.png

 

  If shooting a dog with a paintball is animal cruelty, then shooting a rooster 4 times with a pellet gun and watching it run off is certainly.



The OP did say later that they had already used the pellet gun method on a couple of hens with quick results. Granted, pellet gun is not my first choice - I'd prefer to use it to scare off predators. But since the hens they dispatched with the pellet gun were sickly, it makes me wonder if there was a stamina difference between a sick hen and a robust rooster, and the OP just didn't realize that the roo would last longer than the hens? In any event, I think they've realized that the pellet gun doesn't work so well, given the experience they've had.

 

My preferred method for dispatching a bird is the axe and block method. Just get a length of baling twine or something similar and tie a loop around the bird's neck, not tight enough to choke it or hurt it, but enough that you can hold its head in place over a wood block. I like to talk to them for a minute and calm them down before the deed, then off with their head! Make sure that the axe is sharpened beforehand, since it makes for a nice, clean kill.

 

I'm also somewhat of a fan of the bleeding-out method (like cones) because the bird simply goes to sleep from a lack of oxygen. From there, it's easy to behead them and finish the deed.

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Turkey tackler, chicken wrangler, nature lover. Yep, that's me. I love my fluffbutts.

 

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post #32 of 41
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Thanks everyone for the help. Actually the pellet gun is a high power gun not a red ryder type. It has actually taken care of a few racoons too. We are caring people with animals and animal cruelty isn't something we practice. What I realize is there is more than one way to cull a chicken and sometimes it just doesn't go well.
post #33 of 41

You Tube has some great videos on the how tos.....good luck in the future.

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post #34 of 41

Broomstick method on my beloved girls but the rest of them, hang them by the legs, cut their throats. Next time I will do it with a killing cone, insert bird in it and slit throat.

 

Not sure if you can ax its head off if you somehow tie the bird upside down on the tree like you are strapping them to the tree. When ready, you can take a good swing at the neck, hitting the tree trunk at the same time.

 

Like someone mentioned earlier "Do it right. Do it once. Do it quickly!"

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post #35 of 41

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"The only real failure in life is the failure to try"

 

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"The only real failure in life is the failure to try"

 

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post #36 of 41
Glad I found this post! We tried the tree stump and machete method. It turned into an absolute horror! What kind of knife is used to slit the throat?
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post #37 of 41
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Originally Posted by un-named543 View Post

Oh gosh... do what is quickest for the bird, even if you have to wait until darkness to catch him.  If you cannot do the hatchet, then put his neck under a broomstick, stand on the broomstick and yank his body qucikly and hard, upwards to break his neck.
Do it right.  Do it once.  Do it hard.
Swift death is best.  The pellet gun is not a quick death as you witnessed.
Just make sure that what you use is not flexible.......been there, done that. Next time I will swiftly decapitate.
post #38 of 41
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Just make sure that what you use is not flexible.......been there, done that. Next time I will swiftly decapitate.

 X 2 on the broomstick, we use a t post, very qquick.

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post #39 of 41
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 X 2 on the broomstick, we use a t post, very qquick.

ah! good idea
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T post sure has a "grip" on it. Excellent idea!

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