Had to cull my crippled chick- Vinegar and Baking Soda Method

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cwc362, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. beirutjen

    beirutjen Hatching

    Aug 30, 2014
    I had to do this today, and I thank you so much for your post. I could not do the scissors method, even if it is quick, and I thought that was my only option. This was neat, fast, and humane because the chick fell asleep and died within the minute. Thank you.
  2. Carbon Dioxide is heavier than air so it is not absolutely necessary to have the lid on but i am sure that it is more effective it the lid is closed.

    Carbon Dioxide is also the natural gas in the atmosphere that every green plant on this planet must have in order to live. CO2 is as important to the lives of you and your chickens as Oxygen is. Without CO2 all forms of food on this planet will cease to grow.

    The smoke and fog that you see on stage during plays and concerts is CO2 in the form of hot or dry ice that has been dropped into a vat of water so that it will flash off faster generating a white cloud of CO2 gas. I have yet to hear of any audience member, one of the production crew, or an actor dying from CO2 poisoning. Besides keeping Eskimo Pies frozen at ball game, hot ice (Carbon Dioxide) is also used to put down the excess cockerels that hatcheries are unable to sell..

    You normally breath in about 400 molecules of CO2 out of a total of 1,000,000 molecules of air with every breath of fresh mountain air that you take. When you go to the movies you are exposed to around 8,000 parts CO2 out of every 1,00,000 air molecules and despite machines to scrub the air, a sub-mariner is exposed to 12,000 parts of CO2 per million million parts of air. Carbon Dioxide is not the big danger some in this country make it out to be.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2015
  3. KayTdid

    KayTdid In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2015
    I had a chick who was barely standing on it's own. It was starving to death because it couldn't drink or eat properly. Vitamins did not work, so I decided it needed to be culled. I used the method described at the beginning of this thread because I thought it would be quick and painless for the chick. Well, it didn't work all THREE times I tried it. Yes, I followed the directions, yes, the bucket was air tight as an ice cream bucket can be, yes, I waited a long while to check on the chick. The chick was still barely chirping the last time, so I gave up and used a pair of scissors. Newsflash folks, death is not instant nor painless any way you do it. This was a painful experience for me and the chick and I hope others see this post before deciding to cull their chick this way.
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Next time, try engine starter fluid instead of the baking soda/vinegar. The starter fluid is actually ether. The chick just falls asleep breathing the fumes and dies.
  5. alexgabriel1

    alexgabriel1 Hatching

    Sep 9, 2016
    I just did it today. 1 cup vinegar and about 2 tablespoons of baking soda. I cried my heart out, but I couldn't stand watching him suffer anymore. I fed him well and in a matter of seconds he was asleep. No chirping of pain, no sound, no mess. I believe I did the right thing.

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