Emergency: I Need Some Advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Crystalchic, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Crystalchic

    Crystalchic Gone for a bit

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    One of my chicks would not hatch on its own after day 22. I heard it chirping in the she so I decided to assist. It was dry when I opened the shell and seemed sort of large. The chick has a red mass outside of the top of its head. I think that it is the brain. It seems fine several hours later. I do not know what I should do if anything. Meaning should I have the chick culled
     
  2. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    if the skull is not closed up I would cull, it will dry out and kill the chick anyway in my opinion.
     
  3. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I agree- if it seems that the brain is exposed, I would cull the chick.
     
  4. Crystalchic

    Crystalchic Gone for a bit

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    Should I give it a drug over dose of some kind. I really can't shoot it or stab it? I am being serious
     
  5. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I just break the neck on them. Just twist the head until it dies.

    Some people put them in the freezer and some use dry ice. You put the chick in a sealed container with another container that has dry ice and water and the vapors kill it in seconds.
     
  6. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Something quick would be best. At that size, breaking it's neck, or removing it's head would be quickest. You can use scissors for that. It's not pleasant, but to try anything that might not work, could fail, or be slow-- would only cause the chick to suffer.
    So sorry. [​IMG]

    Edit-- I'm very opposed to the freezer method-- it's slow and tortuous to the chick. So are most things meant to suffocate chicks-- easier on us as we don't watch, but they do suffer.
     
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  7. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Something quick would be best. At that size, breaking it's neck, or removing it's head would be quickest. You can use scissors for that. It's not pleasant, but to try anything that might not work, could fail, or be slow-- would only cause the chick to suffer.
    So sorry. [​IMG]

    Edit-- I'm very opposed to the freezer method-- it's slow and tortuous to the chick. So are most things meant to suffocate chicks-- easier on us as we don't watch, but they do suffer.

    That's why I break the neck.
     
  8. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just take a sharp knife and cut off it head. Fast and easy.
     
  9. Crystalchic

    Crystalchic Gone for a bit

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    There is no way that I can do that. I will get my grounds keeper to take care of it. Just the thought of bones cracking and feeling it in my hands makes me feel queasy, and beheading it is out of the question for me. Thanks for you quick responses
     
  10. Crystalchic

    Crystalchic Gone for a bit

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    Negative katrinag can't do it.
     

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