Humane Euthanasia: When, Why, and How

By Chickenfan4life · Feb 21, 2013 · ·
  1. Chickenfan4life
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    Humane Euthanasia: When, Why, and How

    Introduction

    As all chicken owners know, there will always be a time when you have to make the ultimate decision to end your chicken's life. Much like any other animal, chickens can and, most likely will, become ill. This is when you have three choices: Try to heal the sick or injured chicken, let it die on it's own, or perform humane euthanasia.

    Trying to heal the sick or injured chicken can be successful, but if it's not, then you've prolonged the situation, if not made it worse.

    Letting the chicken die on it's own can be slow and painful, if it's wounded, and it is considered in-humane if it's suffering, to leave it to die on it's own. This is when you have to consider humane euthanasia.

    Humane euthanasia is easily performed. It is a simple task, only made difficult by the realization that you are killing something.

    Humane Euthanasia: When: When To Perform Humane Euthanasia

    We often know when to let go of our beloved pet chickens. It becomes quite apparent when the animal is suffering, and this is when you know that humane euthanasia is a must.

    You will, most likely, feel horribly guilty. You will feel as if you have done something terribly wrong. Deep down inside, though, you will know that you have done the right thing.

    Signs of when humane euthanasia is necessary are normally when your chicken has lost interest in food, seems to be in pain, has lost weight and seems unhealthy, and when it seems to be fading away in pain.

    This is when you know that your biddy needs you to make the right decision. This is how you will know when to end his/her suffering.

    Humane Euthanasia: Why: Why To Use Humane Euthanasia

    Have you ever been sick? Had the flue, or some other illness, where all you want is to go to sleep, and not feel the pain of your ailment?

    The same goes for your injured or sickly biddy: he/she doesn't want to feel the pain of his/her wound just as much as wouldn't want to.

    Why would you use humane euthanasia? Well, the answer to this question is another question.

    Would you want to sit and endure the pain of something like a deep flesh wound, or the pain of an illness?

    I am sure your answer to the question above would be no. The same would go for your biddy. This is why you should use humane euthanasia.

    Humane Euthanasia: How- How To Perform Humane Euthanasia

    Now, having read the last few paragraphs, and assuming you have decided to use humane euthanasia, you are most likely looking, ever so sorrowfully, looking for the right method for you. I have prepared some humane euthanasia methods for you. I hope that these will help you to end the suffering of your biddy in the best possible way.



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    Afterword

    I hope I have helped you to decide when, why, and how to euthanize your chicken. Remember, it doesn't matter how often you euthanize your chickens, if they mean something to you, you will always feel guilty, and you will always feel sad. This is how you know you've done the right thing.

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  1. as110
    You mention carbon monoxide under the carbon dioxide method. Both gases can kill but they don't do it the same way.
    Carbon monoxide (CO) will lets the chicken fall asleep first before suffocation and there is no suffering as they die in their sleep.
    Carbon dioxide (CO2) on the other hand is a crutial gas for normal breathing. Increased level stimulates breathing. It suffocates while being alert, causing panic and a struggle to keep alive. It is a most horrible way to die, very stressful for the animal and not humane at all.
    If you mix baking soda with peroxide, the reaction will create carbon dioxide, not carbon monoxide.
    I wish you updated this document because it is not providing the right information in that section.
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  2. as110
    You mention carbon monoxide under the carbon dioxide method. Both gases can kill but they don't do it the same way.
    Carbon monoxide (CO) will lets the chicken fall asleep first before suffocation and there is no suffering as they die in their sleep.
    Carbon dioxide (CO2) on the other hand is a crutial gas for normal breathing. Increased level stimulates breathing. It suffocates while being alert, causing panic and a struggle to keep alive. It is a most horrible way to die, very stressful for the animal and not humane at all.
    If you mix baking soda with peroxide, the reaction will create carbon dioxide, not carbon monoxide.
    I wish you updated this document because it is not providing the right information in that section.
      henaynei likes this.
  3. plund
    I had wondered about how to do this. As hard as this is it is the last kindness we can show our little friends. Thank you
  4. Little Peep
    Nice article. Sad but true...
  5. TheCrazyClucker
    Wow, great article! Good job!
  6. Chickenfan4life
    Your welcome. :)
  7. phaatnsassy
    Thank you for this information. I have not had to do this, but know that some day I will. Having this knowledge is helpful.
  8. Chickenfan4life
    Thanks, guys.
  9. UniPaints
    Well written.
  10. roostersandhens
  11. Chickenfan4life
    Sad, but true.
  12. fowlsessed
    Thanks. It sure is a hard thing to do, I hate doing it. But one thing to keep in mind, is that what may be hardest for you may be easiest for the bird. Such as the break neck or hatchet methods. I've never had to kill a large bird, that day will be a bad one for me, I'll probably bring the machete into use then. Best for the both of us, I think. Quick and painless. As long as I know that the bird has died quickly and painlessly, then in the end, I'll be good.
    Good thing to think about and plan for, if you raise and breed any amount of birds, you'll eventually have to do it.
  13. Chickenfan4life
    That turned out pretty nicely...

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