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

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

  1. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    I had sen this link before, and it has lots of good info. But I was hoping to get a quick recipe posted for one chick, without the rest of the details.
     
  2. GopherBoyFarms

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    Quote:I asked the mods to make a stickie on the link someone gave me yesterday to help our horrible situation. Here's the link:

    http://www.alysion.org/euthanasia

    It gives details and recipe.

    I'm so sorry about your baby! It's an awful thing to deal with.

    very nice link...thank you!!!!!
     
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    You're welcome. I pray you never need it. It was the most horrifying situation I've been faced with, and I was so grateful to the BYC-er who gave it to me.

    My baby passed its intestines and it was still vigorous and everything, but there was no way it could live. I was devastated to have to do it, but it works exactly as stated, and on the site, they show that they tested for chemicals in the blood that would show increased stress and found none.

    I can't say how sorry I am that anyone would ever need the link, but if you need it, it's to end the suffering of a little critter that can't do it without you. Better to end the suffering.
     
  4. GopherBoyFarms

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    Quote:I have had to cull befor to end a chicks suffereing, and a hens once. It's heartbreaking....but it's part of life if you are going to have pets, or livestock.
     
  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Short recipe:

    1 gallon baggie with 3 T baking soda and put into it **WITHOUT SPILLING ANY** a glass jar or measuring cup with 2 C white vinegar.

    You need a 2-3 ft piece of vinyl hose from the hardware store to do it without upsetting the animal.

    Put animal (up to 2#) in a 1 gallon container. If you change the volume of the container the concentration will change and you may have an ineffective mix- or have it too strong, which would cause a short period of severe discomfort for the poor thing.

    To knock the animal out, put the tubing into the bag, and the other end into the jar or container containing the animal. Holding the bag tight around the tubing squeeze all of the air out of the bag, but leave a small gap around the plastic or whatever holds the tube into the container. This will prevent a huge crush of pressure from hurting the animal right as the mix occurs, and since the CO2 sinks, it will be normal air escaping. Pour 1c. of the vinegar into the bag while holding it tight around the tube. If fizz starts to go into the hose, lower the bag so that it doesn't wet the chamber.

    Wait until animal is unconscious, then pour the remaining vinegar into the bag and allow it to remain for several minutes.
     
  6. kees

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    This appears to be a humane way of culling a chicken. I've tried culling by twisting the neck or cutting the neck. Doing this really bothered me. I know that another alternative would be to put the bird in the freezer so that it would go to sleep.

    Would this method work for making a chicken dinner? I'm buying organic chickens from the supermarket when I could be eating home-grown. I don't mind processing a bird. It's the thought of killing it, or hurting it, that bothers me.

    What do you guys think?

    All the best,

    Suzy
     
  7. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    If you look at the original link that I got the info from, a lot of detail is offered about the method and how it was formed, use of CO2 method of euthanasia, etc.

    These specifics are for an animal less that 2 pounds, and I'm not sure about modifications. You might take a look and see- I posted it on here a ways back.
     
  8. cwc362

    cwc362 Songster

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    Don't know if it would be alright for processing or not. But you would still have to bleed the bird . I don't think the gas would hurt anything though. But that's just my thought- Don't take that as the gospel. [​IMG]
     
  9. needmorechickens!

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    So sorry about your little chick Wayne. I know you hated to have to do that and it was nice of you to look for a way to do it painlessly. Thanks for posting this.
    ~Rebecca
     
  10. cwc362

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    Thanks Rebecca!
     

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