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Whats the most humane way to kill a chicken?

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I most likely won't kill my roosters to be who are only 6 weeks old, because I have read so much up on neck dislocation gone wrong. Theirs a hatchery down the road who puts their roosters in empty feed bags to kill, which is very upsetting to know. So what is the most accident proof, humane way to cull roosters.

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a block of wood and an old fashioned axe.  Just make sure your first strike counts. The bird will only suffer for a very short fraction of a second.  All other movement if just nerves.
 

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a block of wood and an old fashioned axe.  Just make sure your first strike counts. The bird will only suffer for a very short fraction of a second.  All other movement if just nerves.
 

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My husband prefers the slicing the jugular while in a cone method but I think the axe and the tree stump was more humane....duc.gifWish I could do it myself.......

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That question has generated a lot of debate on BYC.  Some feel the axe and stump method is the most humane as it is instant lights out for the chicken.  Others maintain slicing the jugular is just as humane as it stops blood to the brain instantly, rendering the same humane result.  Honestly, I think at least some of the time it is about what our sensibilities deal with the best when it comes to dispatching a chicken.  I think both methods are quick and humane and respect those who choose either. 
 

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Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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That question has generated a lot of debate on BYC.  Some feel the axe and stump method is the most humane as it is instant lights out for the chicken.  Others maintain slicing the jugular is just as humane as it stops blood to the brain instantly, rendering the same humane result.  Honestly, I think at least some of the time it is about what our sensibilities deal with the best when it comes to dispatching a chicken.  I think both methods are quick and humane and respect those who choose either. 
 

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Some people use a cone as it offers a form of restraint and keeps the blood from splattering about.  The person who processes my birds uses the cone.  He recommends this as he has his children involved in the process.  He says the cone method is less upsetting to his kids as the bird is not struggling as much.

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Thanks for the imput whats a cone?
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Cone:  Killing Cone- is a metal ice-cream cone shaped device used to place the bird in head first.  The head and neck are exposed allowing the blood vessels to be cut.  You can google chicken cone and can see images of the device.

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 2 horses, 4 cockatiels, 2 parakeets,  1 Blue Front Amazon, 1 Yellow Head Amazon, 4 cockatiels, two parakeets, 1 eccentric peacock, 1 gsd, 1 pet terrapin, 1 Blue Copper Maran rooster, and 10 world famous Jersey Giants! New to the group is 3 Black Marans  chicks and one unidentified chick.

 

 

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Theirs a chook that needs to be put tp sleep because she has a tumour that has caused asities, and im just going to use the axe method but is their anything i need to know like anywhere in particular on the neck to cut or just simple head off. Will she fly around and for how long. Will she feel pain after her head is gone.
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Theirs a chook that needs to be put tp sleep because she has a tumour that has caused asities, and im just going to use the axe method but is their anything i need to know like anywhere in particular on the neck to cut or just simple head off. Will she fly around and for how long. Will she feel pain after her head is gone.

Make sure the axe is sharp....try to get a good clean blow to the neck. It helps to have two nails spaced apart just enough to keep the head from moving too much.Stretch the neck enough to get a good clear shot. I would suggest two people. One to hold and one to chop. The body will convulse after for a few minutes but she/he is not in pain. If the head is taken off it is pretty much instantaneous death. I suggest to have a five gallon bucket ready to hold the carcass in while this process is going on.It keeps the flapping more to a minimum and the blood from flying everywhere.

 

It's not pretty, but neither is watching a bird suffer. 

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1 Weim,1 Pomeranian, 2 Cats,2 fish tanks, flock of 30(or so ) BLRW chickens,flock of Banties(Cochins,Showgirls,Greylegs and Silkies), Flock of Ancona Ducks (B&W,Lav & W),Flock of Mallards (Blue Fawn and Restricteds) 6 Muscovies, 3 Narragansett Turkeys,2 Geese(Toulouse), 2 Budgies,2 zebra finch, 2 Cockatiels.... and oh yeah, 5 great kids( 2 have flown the coop) and an enabling hubby   

 

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post #10 of 82

Definitely decapitation is most humane.  The bird does not know what is coming, and death is instantaneous.  Bleeding out by slitting jugular takes longer, so bird would suffer the pain of the cut before it passes out. 

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