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Help!! How do I exactly wring their neck for humane euthanasia?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by I'M On Island Time, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. I'M On Island Time

    I'M On Island Time In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2008
    Chain O'Lakes IL
    I have another sick hen. Bad respiratory and horrible diarrhea, and now the flies are swarming all over her bum. She needs to be out of her misery, and, disposed of so my other birds have a chance.

    How do I wring her neck? I don't have an axe or anything, so I can't chop her head off. I don't want to screw this up!

  2. verthandi

    verthandi Songster

    May 18, 2007
    I'm surprised that you haven't gotten many different responses to this thread by now. And most of us disagree. Starter fluid in an air tight container can be used, soaked on a rag and more sprayed into the container if it is a full size hen. This method seems to work better with smaller chicks as I understand. Do not breath the fumes... or you will be out like a light too. Many find this not a kind method, just I have had to use it in one situation. Cutting their head off is the method of choice that many say is kinder. There was a thread on here about using vinegar and baking soda to form a gas to euthanize them.(but you should do a search for that thread as I may have the ingredients incorrect.) This needs to also be done in some type of container if I remember right with some sort of venting system.

    Sorry it has taken a while for a response, and that your hen is not doing well. Hopefully others will come along to offer more ideas.
  3. verthandi

    verthandi Songster

    May 18, 2007
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    When I had to cull 9 of my chicks a month ago I used a broomstick to break their necks. I don't do well with a lot of blood, so I had to find a quick, not bloody method. I placed the broomstick on the ground and put the chicks head underneath the broomstick, chin down, broomstick right at the back of the head. Then I took their feet, while stepping on the broomstick and quickly pulled their body over their heads towards the ground. It was quick and not bloody, but still hard to do. [​IMG] Sorry your hen is so sick.
  5. EliteTempleton

    EliteTempleton Songster

    Aug 9, 2008
    SW MI
    I'd recommend hypnotizing followed by a brain stab. Quick, Clean, Painless.

    Instructions for doing so can be found here.

    I got this info from this thread, post #24. You might also find the thread of use.

    A description of how it worked for a BYC member is here in the OP.
  6. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    The broomstick method is the one I learned. It's not fun but it does work.

    I've cause to use it because I stop from time to time for injured animals by the road. Sometimes it's pretty obvious there's NO way the animal will make it and it needs to end.

    I read the CO2 link that sounds like it would be effective, and yes CO2 does first induce sleep.

    For our meat chickens I do use a knife or the gun.

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