Best way to cull baby chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by teaton, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. teaton

    teaton Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2016
    Clarksville, TN
    I just purchased 20 baby chicks and didnt noticed one was severly deformed with sissor beak and an eye deformation. Like the post says i am looking for the best most human way to put this chick out of its misery,its only 2 days old.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Sorry about your chick, and it is always difficult to have to do. I have used a small airtight container with a lid (such as a coffee can) and added equal parts of baking soda and vinegar and placed the chick inside. The chick dies within a minute or two of carbon dioxide poisoning. Some use automobile starter fluid, which is ether, in a rag or a container, to euthanize chicks. Other quick methods are cervical dislocation, and scissors to snip off the head.Here are some links to read:
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2016
  3. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2010
    I have done the vinegar baking soda method, but used left over containers. A bigger one, but not too big as you are trapping a gas to do the job, with a good lid and a smaller one with no lid for the chick. I sort of made a little nest for the chick and set it inside the bigger container. This way the chic stays dry and looks comfortable, just going to sleep. Sorry about your chick, hope all goes well.

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