Best way to end the suffering?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tuskajones, May 12, 2008.

  1. tuskajones

    tuskajones In the Brooder

    Dec 18, 2007
    Sewickley, PA
    Just wanted to get some thoughts on how others deal with this.

    I have 25 four week old cornish x. They have been outside for one week now. Everything was fine until I checked on them this afternoon and one was clearly lethargic, liquid poo. I am going on the assumption that this is cocci. I isolated the one bird and I have put ac vinegar in their drinking water as a precaution. They have been moved everyday but we have had some really wet weather. It gets pretty warm under the tarps of my tractor so I am attributing the cocci to this.

    Anyway, the one bird is not going to make it and I am not going to try to nurse it back--too far gone. I really don't want to let it suffer any more. Do you just let it die a natural death or do you cull it. Exactly how do you cull it? Chop its head off? Drown it?

    We had a chick in the original shipment that was definitely not going to live and was obviously added for warmth. I couldn't watch anymore as the others picked it apart. I had my husband put the little guy in a container of water to drown it. Tough I know but believe me it was the right thing to do. This current bird is a little older and I thought there might be a better way to send it on its way to the big coop in the sky.


  2. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    A sharp hatchet or knife is what my neighbor uses. It's quick.
  3. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    big hatchet. don't drown any more, have you ever been held underwater?
  4. tuskajones

    tuskajones In the Brooder

    Dec 18, 2007
    Sewickley, PA
    Yes didn't like the drowning idea that's why I posted.
  5. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

  6. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I shoot them personally when it's obvious they won't recover. I feel an instant death is better than a slow, painful one. If it's cocci they are essentially starving to death, which isn't the best thing.
  7. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    hatchet or sharp knife. One quick hit and it's all over and they don't know what hit them.

    I've said it before and i'll say it again - it may not be the easiest on the human, but it is the quickest, surest and least tramautic for the chicken over suffocation or freezing methods.
  8. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    I think nothing is quicker than a axe.
    I've heard but never tried,euthanizing a chick by putting them in a jar with a peice of cloth soaked with starting fluid(ether)then putting the lid on..I heard it is very quick and painless.Anybody heard of this.
    Can you post a picture of your pen?Do you really think the tarps are making it too warm in there?Show us your set-up maybe someone can help. Will
  9. hdchic

    hdchic Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    I do the axe thing myself as well. Had an old hen that was obviously going down hill, and it was fast and painless for her. Same with the baby Cornish x.

    I think that as humans caring for our animals, we also take on the responsibility of doing the right thing, but making it as painless as possible. Just my 2 cents.
  10. MrsCountryChick

    MrsCountryChick Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Sorry to hear of your bird [​IMG] . I'm with you on wanting a humane 'easy' way to help the bird from suffering. I've was raised a country girl, but could never do anything myself. But I read on here how someone had a terrible accident that killed their adult chicken from applying topical creme that contained benzocaine. Used as a pain killer ingredient for a topical ointment treatment. It's a form of anesthesia that can kill a bird or reptile. I guess it's even used as a humane way of euthanasia.----seen info on a website about it. I guess the benzocaine can also kill reptiles also. I guess it works Very quickly, puts them to sleep then they're gone. The person who had their bird die just added a normal amount (like you would sunscreen cream I guess) to the birds comb & waddles. Then the bird sat & then fell over & died. I guess it must absorb into their system thru their skin pores of the comb & waddle. Sorry about you bird tho. But that's Waaaay more humane to have them fall asleep & die than to have someone use an ax. Again sorry about your bird [​IMG] But a tragic accident from one person's experience atleast can possibly bring peace in the end to other suffering birds.

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