First culled, not good....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fowled-out, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. fowled-out

    fowled-out Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2010
    Elk Grove, Ca
    I had a welsummer chick that had a real bad leg problem. Been 2 weeks and no progress. I heard of all the methods and everything. I just wanted to kill it quickly so I grabbed the .22 rifle. I put some feed infront and it and shot behind his head point blank. I feel very sorry. I hope God forgives me. I did not want it to suffer and get all my other chicks sick too. I feel like a murderer. I do not want to do this anymore.
  2. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    [​IMG] You did what you had to do to keep your chick from suffering and keep your other chicks safe. I'm sorry. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2010
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    You just had to deal with one of the worst aspects of poultry keeping. I hate culling even when it's for a good reason. It's a necessary part of the whole package known as "Keeping Chickens." Just think of how much fun you have with your birds- finding eggs every morning, watching their crazy antics, watching them grow and change and develop into their own creatures. Keep those things in mind when you have to do something like you did today. The good times buoy us up for the bad times that are bound to happen.

    Sorry for your loss. Good luck.
  4. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    I believe that we have to do what is best by the animals in our care, and you did what you thought was best. BTW I think you were right. I hope you feel OK about it eventually. Take care! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    Quote:Well said! [​IMG]
  6. Candiss

    Candiss Burdette Bantams

    Jun 30, 2010
    You are a very compassionate person, sometimes doing what is best for our babies is hard on us. You are not a murderer, you helped the chick out of its suffering. It says alot about you that you care so much.

  7. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    You did what needed to be done. You are NOT a murderer. And I'm pretty sure that God WILL forgive you... but I don't think that you need forgiving for this. It will get better. Don't give up.
  8. WV_Chicken

    WV_Chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2010
    Augusta, WV
    You did what was best and no you are not a murderer; therefore, you do not need Gods Forgiveness. There is nothing wrong in God's eyes for harvesting or culling an animal.
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Using your .22 to the back of the head is the quickest, easiest and painless way to put a chicken down. I've done it a few times and it never ever gets easier, it downright sucks! You wouldnt be human if you didnt have the emotions that you feel. I hate doing it, but I feel I tried my best to heal/cure the problem, and I dont want it to suffer needlessly. That's when I make the ultimate decision to put a chicken down.
  10. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2009
    You are not a murderer, but I know that to you, it feels this way. I had to put down a beautiful Welsummer hen, not so long ago. She was suffering, and I had done all I knew how to do for her. Someone had to do it, and my husband absolutely could not, so it fell to me. It was awful, and I, too, felt like a murderer. It feels wrong to have to do such a thing to a creature you love, and it felt like all the light went out of the world for awhile.
    You did all you could do for your bird, and even had feed out for your chick, which meant the last things it experienced were things it enjoyed. That's not such a bad way to go.
    It takes a strong person to be able to do what you did, and if you are anything like me, the joy in having chickens will come back to you. Take care. [​IMG]

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