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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by eggybritches, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. eggybritches

    eggybritches Songster

    Sep 12, 2009
    Central Florida

  2. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    Oh I am so sorry. Unfortunatly that sometimes happens with crested breeds. I don't have a good way to cull babies except for ether (starter fluid). Put some on some cotton balls and put ducking and saturated cotton balls in airtight container. Duckling can be kept snuggled in a washcloth or handtowel so he's not scared. It should be over soon. With his brain exposed he will not live either way...

  3. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    I am sorry, I always hate this part [​IMG]
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    oh crud. Sorry to hear that.
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    [​IMG] Awww, I'm sorry to hear that. It's always heartbreaking, but if this happened to a duck in the wild it would just be food for someone else. Sort of the duck's way of paying taxes to Mother Nature.

    I use different methods for culling adult birds and for dispatching meat birds. But for chicks & ducklings I do this to ease the heartbreak for me:

    Dig a deep narrow hole under a bush or tree.

    Wrap the chick in a paper towel.

    Carry it & a sharp pair of poultry shears/scissors to the hole.

    Snip all the way through the neck with one cut.

    Let the wrapped head fall in the hole, drop the body in after.

    Fill in the hole, cap it with something heavy.

    This method kills the chick instantly with little pain or trauma. I do it after dark because it's just so sad to see. I bury them under a bush or tree so it will at least provide nourishment for something else to grow, and in that way, they continue to live.
  6. Kovalciks Chickens

    Kovalciks Chickens Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    Richmond, Michigan
    my dad has told me you are able to push down between their wings on their back and it suffocates them. I have never done it myself, personally I have never had to cull a bird though. That is for chickens though. I have never dealt with ducks. You can always try if Sunny_Side_Up's was is to graphic for you.

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