I know nothing about guns of any sort, but need some way to kill the occasional failing chicken. I've never killed one before, and the only way I think I could do it is with a gun. I just cannot imagine chopping the head off or breaking the neck, but could imagine pulling a trigger. Like I said I know nothing about guns. Can a bb gun quickly and humanely kill a chicken? If so, what kind of bb gun do you suggest? And, although this is off-topic, can a bb gun kill a cat? The reason I ask is that every once in a great while, I find a cat maimed in the road in front of our house, obviously hit by a car. Seriously maimed, but the police cannot shoot it because it is a domestic animal, and therefore could be someone's "property". So animal control officer has to come and get it, and take it to a vet, the only person who can make the decision of whether to euthanize or treat a domestic animal, so I am told. This just happened today: cat had one crushed, mangled, dangling hind leg, and the other hind leg was not bloody, but was folding in ways that a leg is not supposed to fold, so obviously broken. Did not recognize it as any of the neighbors' cats. You could hear the cat groaning in pain, but it was terrified of people, hissing, and pathetically dragging itself away with front legs when approached. Animal control officer and cops eventually captured it with a catching pole, shoved it into a carrier and took it to the nearest vet who was open today. A long and drawn out day of torture for the poor suffering cat. And what vet in his right mind would not euthanize it? I deeply regret calling the police and wish I had had a gun to put it out of its misery. It might not have been legal, but the appropriate action here was obvious, and going the legal route clearly prolonged what must have been intense suffering for this poor creature.