We have come to the decision that, after repeated health problems and repeated treatments that don't seem to be working, it is time to cull 2 of our girls, as they are obviously suffering more than not. Martha's sick/abscessed again, and Rhoda has a dislocated hip and is in so much pain that she groans and makes a horrible, painful noise with every step. You can see the misery in their eyes. You can totally see the pain in Rhoda's eyes & it's heart-wrenching. It's time. So we are probably going to do it today. It's really hard--it's our first time having to do this. Is there any way to render them unconscious first? (Wish there was a way to render ME unconscious first so I don't remember it afterward.) We saw a picture once of a makeshift humane kill-cone that someone made by cutting the ends out of an old bleach bottle & nailing it to a post. We could always make one out of something else, I guess. We just want it to be as quick and painless for our girls as possible. Any advice, help here PLEASE would be appreciated. Once the deed is done, they'll be buried next to Felipa out back, who got eggbound and died on Halloween. They are all part of the original flock of 5--of those 5, only 1 is completely healthy and doing well. I'm sure glad the guy I got 'em from is out of business now. Thank you all in advance.