Had to cull my first chick this morning. :( :( :(

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenPox, May 23, 2011.

  1. ChickenPox

    ChickenPox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor baby had horribly deformed feet. Like missing toes and could only waddle around on its stumps. I knew I had to do it.

    I chose the sharp scissors, hold over trash can, turn head and snip method. [​IMG] I used more force than was actually necessary, it seemed so easy. So I FREAKED when the garbage bag started moving a few seconds after my snip and drop. I wish someone had reminded me that baby chicks are still chickens and will "wiggle" after the deed is done. Digging through the bottom of the can to make sure I didn't just hurt it worse, I ran across a site I didn't want to see. [​IMG] At least I know that the baby went lightning fast.

    That sucked. [​IMG]
     
  2. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ugh, thats awefull.

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  3. Ima Chicken Lover

    Ima Chicken Lover Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry you had to do that. [​IMG]
     
  4. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are stronger than I am. Sorry. [​IMG]
     
  5. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

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    I'm sorry you had to do it, but good on you for being strong and not allowing the little creature to suffer.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I am sorry. It's never easy, but you did what was right for the chick. And IMO the method you chose was the quickest, most peaceful method for the chick. [​IMG]
     
  7. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    Quote:x2 I couldn't have said it any better. [​IMG]
     
  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    [​IMG] I think I am facing a similar situation with 2 silkies youngsters....their toes are horribly curled and they are walking on the sides of them. I am trying little shoes first to give them a chance but....just not sure.
     
  9. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm sorry you had to make a tough decision, but you're a responsible chicken keeper for choosing what you thought was right, rather than letting the chick suffer. [​IMG]
     
  10. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry. [​IMG]
    We lost a chick last week. I thought I was going to have to cull her and wasn't looking forward to it. I got off easy.
    Now they're on that great roost in the sky with the almighty rooster watching over them as they peck and scratch for delicious goodness.

    DH
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2011

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