easy way to euthanize a older sick hen without being painful UPDATE...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by blueseal, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    what are some ways to euthanize without twisting necks.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2011
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    My husband uses the ax very sharp and it's very quick. sorry your having to do this. we also tape their legs together so theres no running around.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Shot to the head with a .22...quick and painless.
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I don't twist/wring necks, I do break them though, with the broomstick method. Basically you calm the bird, put the broomstick right below it's chin, stand firmly on each side of the stick one foot either side of it's head, and yank the feet up. Once you get the bird in position, don't hesitate, so they won't realize it's coming. They will flap around as they do, but they are already dead. It's about instant as far as I can tell, and the only method I'm comfortable doing myself. I've only had to put down one adult bird for injuries, and it sucks, I'm sorry [​IMG] just know you're doing the right thing.
  5. tammye

    tammye Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    I need a better visual on this broom stick method. So the bird is on the ground with the broomstick placed over it's neck at the level of the chin, then you stand on either side of the stick with your feet(this must stop circulation also), to hold the head still while you pull at the feet with all your strenght to break the neck, correct? just in case I need to do this.

    sorry you are in this position
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Yes I usually hold the bird and tell it my goodbyes, then tip it upside down to get it "calmed" (I don't normally carry them that way though) and lay it down gently, place the broomstick gently stand up, then be quick once you get your feet in place, because they will start to notice something is off when the pressure is on the stick, so don't hesitate at that point. It quick and non-bloody and doesn't seem to freak them out too much in the moment right before. Use a swift yank, rather than a steady pull and it's over fast. It really doesn't take a whole lot of "strength" If you are paying good attention when you are yanking their legs you can feel the life go out of them. If you feel it, it's sad, but re-assuring at the same time. [​IMG] but when I'm processing I usually do it so fast it's over before I know it. They flap around of course, but it's because they are already gone. I hold them by the feet until they are still.
  7. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    well this morning i went down to water the flock and found the older sick hen dead outside in the run . i knew it was just a matter of time . it was inside lastight when i checked on all of them . must have went out this morning and passed. i also culled a young pullet this morning that had been sick for a week with sour crop i tried making it better but she was suffering so i culled her.

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