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easiest way to cull a sick hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by danamillette, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    Need suggestions. I've never done it, and need to. [​IMG] I dont think i have the nerve to cut her head off.
  2. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    please! anyone????
  3. KLH2010

    KLH2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    I have seen someone put a chicken on the ground, put a broom handle over the back of their neck, and pull the chickens body up and back. Their heads come off easily. I know it sounds really gross but it's extremely fast and a very simple procedure. I am sorry you have a sick chicken...it's always sad when something happens to one of them.
  4. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    Well The head is not suppose to come of with the broom stick method. It can if pulled hard but You should only pull hard enough untill you feel a slight "give". That mean the chickens neck has been dislocated.
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    there is a TON of information on the subject if you search for it: how to cull a chicken

    Once you've done some reading, come back here and provide us with more details on what you are willing / not willing to do. Do you have a gun? Are you deathly afraid of blood? We need more info to give you good advice relative to your situation.
  6. MrsSmitho

    MrsSmitho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    E. Tx.
    Having a few cullings under my wing now (no pun intended), the broom method works real fast and completely painless.

    Be sure to put the chicken with their head up, lying on the ground, doesn't work so fast if the head is sideways [​IMG]

    For those who go triple lined into trash bags (if feared CRD), immediately after the deed is done...no trauma, no mess, no watching those last few jerks of the body.

    Sorry to hear about your bird.

  7. JayBird+16

    JayBird+16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Fitzwilliam, NH
    Check out the post by The Monkey Mama - it's a photo essay of processing a rooster. It shows the broom method. Do a search for
    "We DID It! Sir Annoys Alot is in my Fridge! [pics]"
    Sorry about your sick girl.
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    The easiest and best way to dispatch a chicken is with a sharp axe/ butchering block. Contrary to what alot of people think, it is quick and painless for the chicken, according to my Vet.
  9. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:If we have to cull this is also the method my hubby uses, He's tryed a few ways and this seems the fastest and you cant screw it up. Not for everyone I understand that !!
  10. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    Well, I ended up using the broom method. I think maybe after that experience, an axe method would be better. I am not afraid of blood, it just seems so...I dunno. Thanks for the links and advice.
    RIP Buffy.

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