best way to euthanize a baby chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by coloradogal, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. coloradogal

    coloradogal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011

    As I posted 2 nights ago with no responses... I have a 2 week old baby Brahma. This is the second day of trying to keep her little rectum inside. It still comes out. I have tried everything that I can think of and now feel the only thing left is to euthanize her. So... do I chop her head off or twist it off? The vet gives them a shot but it is painful too. I would think chopping the head off is the most humane thing.


  2. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    i can tell you what I do...... had to do it today.. It is hard but this makes it easier for me. I put the chick in two walmart bags. Then I close the bag a bit. Leaving the chick in the bags and using the bags to keep me from feeling the chick too much.... I twist his head around his neck almost two complete turns and I hold it until it dies. Then I wrap up the bag and put it in the outside garbage. This is the thing I hate most about raising chickens.. and I have done it too many times.... it is better than watching them suffer...
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    When I have a situation where I need to cull a chick I gently put it on the ground and put a brick on its head and stand on the brick as quickly as I can. At the same time I am looking the other way. I am so sorry [​IMG]

    And I dont have any advice on how to fix that problem. Did you check the links at the top of the page?
  4. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    I hope this helps.......
  5. ajay

    ajay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2011
    I read something about putting baking soda and vinegar in a container and then that container in a larger container with the chick. The fumes put them in a permanent sleep. I'm sure it can be googled. Good luck.
  6. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    I'm sorry you didn't get a response when you first needed help. [​IMG]

    I believe the most humane way to cull a chick is with a very sharp pair of scizzors. Hold the chick over the trash can (you can place a paper towel over the head if you wish) and snip the neck quickly. There will not be a lot of blood.
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Use sharp pair of scissors to snip right through the neck. I try to have the disposal place ready, a hole dug under a bush or a box or bag for the pieces to fall into. It's so sad to see, to have to do this to a chick, but it's the final kindness we can do when they're suffering and need help to Cross the Road.
    I'm sorry you have to deal with this. [​IMG]
  8. nalisea

    nalisea Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2011
    McConnelsville, Ohio
    As much as I hate culling, I have found that a .22 shot to the head is quick and humane. We just did this today. Best of luck to you!
  9. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    not for a baby chick 2 weeks old..... it would be too easy to miss....
  10. coloradogal

    coloradogal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    I'm just makes me sick to think of it but at least if I do it, I can make sure it's done right. I've spent the last 2 days cleaning her up and refusing to believe the inevitable. I was really disheartened today when the vet could only offer a solution to the chest cavity. She is quiet tonight so will let her sleep one more night and then give her peace tomorrow. I will try the vinegar/baking soda solution.

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