Easiest way to Cull a chick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bleenie, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I have a chick that has a prolapsed rectum or something seriously wrong with it's insides near it's vent, but it looks prolapsed in there. Its in a serious amount of pain and I just don't want it to suffer anymore. I have never had to cull/kill a chick this small so I want to know what the best/easiest way to do it is? I just don't want it to suffer. [​IMG] thanks for the help.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011
  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Songster

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    Bleenie - I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. [​IMG] I've never had to cull a chick, but I've read posts on this site that say the easiest and quickest way is a sharp pair of shears. That's the method I believe I would use. Best of luck to you.....
     
  3. sawmane1

    sawmane1 Songster

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    we just resently had a rode island red who hatched with its leg on its back, we killed it using blunt force trama. She was instantly dead.
     
  4. warriorchick

    warriorchick In the Brooder

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    So sorry to hear you're having to do this. I have never culled a chick, but I know that people do cull chickens by simply pulling their head off. I know it could sound gruesome, but with a chick this might be an easy enough way and you will know that she will die instantly. You will, however, have to prepare yourself I am sure.
     
  5. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Songster

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    I'm so sorry you have to do this; I have had to do this a few times, I've used a couple different methods and it is never pleasant.

    My method of choice is to use a sharp kitchen knife (a stump outside serves as cutting board/chopping block) and remove the head as quickly as possible. Shears would accomplish the same feat, I just don't have any sharp enough to do the job cleanly. With this method I know the chick is instantly out of pain and no longer suffering.
     
  6. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

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    I think the easiest way is by pulling their heads off, might sound bad, but a day old chicks head comes off pretty easy.
     
  7. Sierra pachie bars

    Sierra pachie bars Queen of the Lost

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    I have a really hard time culling a chick. Best method for me, was to put in bag and run it over. I have a much easier time proccessing adults , chicks its just hard.
     
  8. LindsayB

    LindsayB Songster

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    Quote:run it over! [​IMG]

    I had to cull a 10 week old... used a pair of garden clippers...
     
  9. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

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    Quote:that... that sounds really terrible [​IMG] i'm sorry, maybe it's easiest, but still....it's terrible.
     
  10. DesertChick324

    DesertChick324 In the Brooder

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    sugar water makes prolaspes go back it. works for reptiles, mammals and birds. i just pull the heads off chicks. the bag/run over idea seems like it would be less traumatizing.
     

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