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Whats the most humane way to kill a chicken? - Page 12
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Culling means different things. Most of all I don't need them. I could process them and put in the freezer but I'm not set up yet with some utility knives. So I gave them away. Which is another way of culling as well as selling them. Easy peasy. It was a learning experience for me raising them so I don't regret the feed spent on feeding them. I enjoyed them and learned a lot. I kept two of the seven pullets so I will get some blue eggs.
I keep chickens as pets and for eggs and have been real lucky not to have to cull to many. I recently tried to rehabilitate a chick that was having problems, I decided the chick would not be able to have a productive life so it was time to cull it, unfortunately I had become real attached to it after hand feeding it every day. I researched the Carbon dioxide chamber and decided to try it. I built a simple chamber out of a 5 gallon bucket and used vinegar and baking soda. I made the chamber so I could watch the process and decide if this method would be an acceptable method. I slowly added the gas and the chick went to sleep just like it normally did without any obvious signs of stress then I increased the level of gas. After a few minutes I checked the chick and it was gone. In my limited experience this seemed like a painless humane way to go.
I am in no way against other methods like neck wringing or decapitation. I remember my Grandmother grabbing a bird for dinner and wringing its neck like it was nothing and we ate good a few hours later. I see enough blood and death at work almost everyday so I try to avoid it as much as possible at home. Thats my sanctuary and the chickens bring me joy.
Maybe this will help some of the other "sissy" chickens keepers such as myself. I hope you have the same luck that I did.
In the end I found this article and video which has helped me come closest to the idea of actually doing it myself.
This really helped me. I had read through several threads and watched some YouTube videos but method described in this link is what I ended up going with when I killed my first chicken tonight. I planned to use the broomstick method but once I had him in my arms, it felt more humane and respectful to do the job with my own hands so I could feel what I was doing and know that I was doing it right. And I could keep him calmer hanging upside down in my arms than I could by trying to lay him down on the ground. I was surprised by how long it took him to completely stop twitching though. It was hard but I'm glad it's done and feel good about knowing that I can do it. I have several more cockerels in my flock that are going to need to be culled in the next several weeks .
Thanks for all the great info on here!
After attending a seminar given by the featherman folks in N.C last year, I am venturing into growing organic, clean meat chickens this year. I've done a lot of research on the best and most painless methods to kill them. Thank you everyone for your wonderful suggestions. They really helped. What I've learned is the fact that there really is no easy way for me to kill a chicken that will ease my conscience that I didn't cause some sort of pain or discomfort......... and that's ok. It shouldn't be easy to kill anything. It shouldn't be taken lightly, and that having empathy for animal is a good thing. For me, when I participate in the act of killing something I'm going to eat, I have more respect for what I'm eating........ I eat more slowly, and never waste any part of the animal, which can be easy to do when you're buying your meat from a grocery store. So I've resigned myself to the fact that by trying my best to not cause pain, be grateful to the animal for providing my family a good, clean meal, and becoming proficient at doing the best job possible, is as good as it's going to get for me. Hopefully, that's good enough.
Edited by autm88 - 1/5/16 at 8:18am