One of my half grown babies got attacked by an out of control rooster. By the time I found him he had been pecked to the skull in an area a little bigger than a quarter. It looks really bad. I brought him in the house into the brooder cage, cleaned the wound and gouped on the neosporin. I just don't think he can recover from this. The wound is really bad and he is not a happy patient. Anytime he hears something strange he panics and throws himself around the brooder pen (I have it covered because he panics when he sees the dogs or cats.). So I have come to the conclusion that the humane thing to do is to put him down. The problem is I am a wimp. I just cannot do the neck snap thing and or the sharp scissors (although he is too big for that method). Given the way he has flapped around so far I would likely chop my hand off with a hatchet (and I'm too wimpy for that also). Please don't turn this into a discussion of "you shouldn't have chickens if you can't whack their heads off". I can and will do everything else. I just can't do this and I don't have a DH to do it for me. So my question is, after a bit of searching on here I've come down to some alternate options. I need to know if they really work on a half grown chicken about the size of a small cornish game hen at the store. A- feed him an adult size benadryl. The rumor is that it just puts them to sleep and overdoses them. True? B- the vinegar and baking soda method. I have done this with smaller chicks and mice, but have never tried it with a larger size. Does it work as fast? C- ether soaked rag in a bucket. Same principle as the baking soda/vinegar. Does it work faster? Could I put him to sleep with an ether soaked rag near his face while I hold him and keep him calm and then go for a big dose that will suffocate him? D- someone suggested a shot of arsenic into his breast. This one concerns me as I imagine it would hurt. I don't want him to suffer (and yes, I know that wringing his neck is the fastest way to keep him from suffering. I just can't do that.) My issue with the bucket is that it will freak him out. At this point everything will freak him out. He's a very freaky chicken. I was able to wrap him in a towel and hold him until he was calm last night. My preference would be that same thing. Hold him and talk to him until he is calm and then do whatever works. The ether seems like the most logical choice. I have the ether started fluid you use with the lawn mower and stuff and imagine that it would work okay. I need advice please. This poor guy has to be in pain and I just don't see a way out for him. Thanks.