Chicken Euthanasia question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lisa Kurtz, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Lisa Kurtz

    Lisa Kurtz New Egg

    Oct 11, 2012
    I have a Silkie hen who was diagnosed with tumors in her reproductive tract a year ago. She was given like 2 months to live. She was well until now. She is unable to stand or keep her balance and is dying. Do vets do any euthanasia other than a heart stick? I spoke to my local vet and that is what they do. I don't agree with that. I will be calling the "Chicken Vet", but he is an hour away...just wanted input. Thanks.
  2. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know it sounds harsh, but the axe, a broomstick, or a hatchet is quick and humane. It ends the suffering quickly and costs nothing.

    Good luck,

  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    x2 It sounds violent but separating the brain stem causes instant death. No suffering. I'm really sorry.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2012
  4. Lescas5795

    Lescas5795 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 29, 2012
    I read on one of these threads how someone put the chicken in a box closed it up and put auto exaust into it. The chicken went to sleep and had passed within 2 minutes. That is what I would do. It seems much less violent. Sorry about your baby.
  5. Lisa Kurtz

    Lisa Kurtz New Egg

    Oct 11, 2012
    Thanks for everyone's responses. Lisa
  6. LizaBlue

    LizaBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2010
    Wee Acres
    I had to read up on this subject recently and ran across a rather unusual but possibly humane way to do it. Apparently, some Starter Fluid's - engine starter spray - have a form of ether as a main ingredient. Ether was used for anesthesia in humans for decades. Making a container leak proof, enclosing the bird and somehow exposing it to a significant amount of the spray and letting it sleep to death was suggested without clear instructions. On the one hand, doing it well seemed tricky, on the other hand, it seemed very humane.

    Another suggestion I read was to use Benadryl / Diphenhydramine. They did not give dosage. 4 x 25mg capsules will not do for a tiny chicken. The chicken got hyper, over an hour of waiting later, we chose alternate method.

    You have my sympathies, especially as we just got news today that we might have to exterminate our entire flock.

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