As of yesterday, I had a very special chicken (rooster), Trooper, who we raised from incubation to 18 weeks. At two months he mysteriously broke his leg (compound fracture) which I kept clean and splinted, no infection. I cared for him in my home for 2 1/2 months but the healthy leg began to show signs of being swollen.....the point is, it was time to put him down because though we had a special relationship, he could never be put back in a flock due to his particular conditions. This was my first time doing the chop method. Trooper is at peace now but my heart goes out to him because my first swing of the hatchet hit his head, in front of the ear but like side/top of head, cut deep then I did a quick second chop and the head/body was severed. My heart hurts and I wanted to see your thoughts if that blow to the head could have killed him instantly or at least knocked him unconscious? It was only a second or two before I did the second chop then I picked up the head and he was gone (checked the eyes). Again, do you think the accident blow to the head could have knocked him unconscious or even killed him instantly? It was my first time.