got 5 free hens from mosquito control... should i keep em?

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  1. da-cajun-angla

    da-cajun-angla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    around here they place 3 chickens in different areas and draw blood weely to check for nile n other viruses. all are about 8 months old or so and laying. sadly i cant keep em all b/c my coop and run isnt big enough for 11 chickens. 1 of them is real mean and eats feathers off the other ones, so i stuck her in her own cage. i think shell be dinner tonight. im gonna try to extend the run to make room for the other 3 or 4...not sure how many im gonna keep. i have a stump here, should i just put 2 nails in it and cut her head off? what is the most humane method. ive never killed a chicken b4, but am a avid hunter and fisherman, so im not really bothered by it.
     
  2. BaronRenfrew

    BaronRenfrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Gidday: a quick death is advisable

    I hang them upside down by the feet (using hay rope) and cut the head off w a knife (holding the wings when possible) this way they bleed without flopping about and making a mess
     
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
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    If it were me that's the route I'd take. A good sharp hatchet is quick, efficient and inexpensive. The two nails in the stump will keep her fairly stationary so it should not be a real big deal. Good luck. Dumplings?
     
  4. da-cajun-angla

    da-cajun-angla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:dumplings! thats funny right there..lol...nah, i think whole roasted chicken stoffed with lemon grass from the garden...this will be the 1st non sotebought chicken i have ever eaten...i heard its a lot better and pronounced flavor.

    Edited for evading censor for language use.
     
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  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    MMMM...Roasted Chicken sounds great too! Can I come over for dinner? [​IMG]
     
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  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I think you should let them sit a day before eating though.

    I'd keep the others, at least you know they aren't sick. [​IMG]
     
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Yes the two nails in the stump is a great way...it will keep her still and you can get a clean kill. It is fast and humane in my mind.

    Make sure you guarantine the girls away from yours until you are sure they are healthy.
     
  8. dadof4

    dadof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a piece of wire that goes from one nail to the other(kinda like a stockade) so that I can hold the down, use one hand to steady them and the other to chop. Whatever works works. Just don't name 'em.
     

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