Culling a 6 week old chick?

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  1. mamakelly

    mamakelly Out Of The Brooder

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    I need to cull a 6 week old chick :-( What's the most humane way?
     
  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know me people gas their birds, I usually take an ax to mine. Quick and easy.
    Sorry you have to cull it.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Humane for you, or the bird?
    Cutting it's head off quickly with an axe or very sharp pruning shears is best for the bird.
    Cervical dislocation with a broomstick, or your hands, trickier but quickest.
    You have my empathy, hardest part of chickeneering.
     
  4. azygous

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    PM me and I'll tell you about a non-violent method I use. (Not the baking soda vinegar gas method)
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Why not share it here @azygous ?
    Always good to learn new techniques.
     
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    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Here are the many ways to euthanize a small animal. http://www.verlannahill.com/Euthanasia.htm Choose one that fits your temperament and needs.

    I choose di-ethyl ether (engine starting fluid) I select a comfortable seat outdoors since this stuff is very flammable. I have the can and a wash cloth ready. I am cradling my sick chicken, give them some last cuddling and talk to them calmly. They are relaxed in my lap while I wet the cloth thoroughly, then I hold the saturated wash cloth over their head and face, careful not to let any oxygen enter under the rag.

    They are asleep in seconds, dead in a minute.

    I usually prefer to share this info in a PM as I don't want to trigger debates. There are no ideal methods to kill your favorite chicken. Each person must make their own decision how to euthanize.
     
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  8. mamakelly

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    Thanks. I have a second chick that fell ill last night. I can't believe I may have to do this twice :-(
     

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