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Originally Posted by jaelbird View Post
I think for myself, a killing cone, a bleed immediately followed by pithing, might work best for me at first. I watched a video of a woman who slaughtered her chicken by placing the hen on her back in her lap, calming her and then quickly decapitated her by pulling off the head. It looked quite humane, but I think it would require more confidence and experience than I possess.

I'm thinking a somewhat automated killing device made affordable for the average backyard flock owner would find many takers. I was planning one years ago, just a restraining 'box' (vague use of the term there) that stops flapping, struggling, jumping etc, and something like a guillotine attached, in an enclosed segment so there's very little risk to the human.

 

I've pulled off chook heads before, if anything it's even quicker and more humane than chopping them off, far less messy too, and often there's absolutely no reaction from the chook. I think the blunt trauma injury to the spinal cord caused by an axe or knife blow produces all that flapping in many cases, but even chickens that die of old age or chronic illness tend to go into spasms and struggle and backflip too, so doubtless you couldn't eradicate it completely whatever your methods, short of sedative overdose. Restraining the animal would help.

 

Best wishes.


Edited by chooks4life - 12/29/14 at 11:47pm

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Self-sufficiency farmer with all sorts of all sorts, aiming to get more sorts of more sorts. Working on my own strains & breeds. 

Athlete, nerd, artist, gamer, writer, maker-of-stuff, perpetual student. Ignorance is not bliss, it's suffering! I may be strange but I'm not malicious, so if I give offense please reconsider taking it. ;)

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post #22 of 22

hmmm... was looking for an electric chicken stunner and this thread came up... 

what had me be looking for one...??

http://www.petmd.com/blogs/fullyvetted/2010/nov/decaps_not_best-10542

and then...  it seems they are used quite a bit in the UK and the stunner charge is focused on the brain..  with a very quick 'bleed' for the actual kill...???


 

http://www.hsa.org.uk/introduction-1/introduction-3

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