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Help. Killing a Bird, Duck

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by texascowboy1979, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Ok, as many of you know I have several animals...

    For Thanks Giving the plan was to kill my turkeys... Didnt have the heart... UGH..

    For X-mas, the plan is to kill 2 ducks... but I dont think i ahve the Heart, I need support in Killing the bird. I want the most humane way to kill it.

    I dont wanna chop its head off or slice its neck, I'd Rather Snap its Neck, But need advice on how to do so...

  2. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Songster

    Jun 11, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I struggled with this task last year too. My husband is actually the one who does the deed but it was up to me to say when we would do it. (this year I will give it a go as well)
    I worried all last summer, dreading the day.
    But then one cold fall day, we did it. Once the chicken (or duck) is dead, it just becomes a cleaning task. I 100% felt better after the bird was dead, which I felt happened THE MOMENT the head was removed.
    Don't seek advice on how to make things easy for you..... do what is easy for the bird. Once the head is chopped, even though the body flails, the eyes quickly close and the bird is gone. Unconciousness occurs very, very quickly.

    We don't raise meat birds (yet) so the only thing we slaughter is extra roosters, but it gives you a good feeling when you eat what you know has had a good life.

    I also deal with the slaughter issue easily because I eat chicken, in one form or another 2 or 3 times a week. So I can't be a hypocrite...... I can help to process 8 or 10 birds a year that atleast had a good life.... fresh air, sunshine, plants, bugs and treats. By processing roosters, old hens and meat birds every fall, you make more room for new chicks each year.
    By the way, what are you going to do with those now giant turkeys?
  3. Terri O

    Terri O Songster

    I agree...dont do what's easiest for you...think of the bird! Chopping their head is probably the quickest way to dispatch them. I feel for ya...my turkeys are still gobbling around too! [​IMG] Terri O
  4. He's Dead,

    After 5 tries, He's finally dead,

    I tried to snap his neck, and thought I did it... but after 2 mins he came back to life... Then I tried again and again... 4th time I tried Sufficating him, which I thought worked, but then I dont know if he was Alive, and Figured im in to deep to turn back, and chopped his head off.

    Poor guy,

    Tonight is Duck and Rice.
  5. malignstar

    malignstar In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2010
    Winfield, MO
    I think chopping off the head is the quickest, "nicest" way.
  6. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Songster

    Jun 11, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Quote:Oh dear.
  7. chickensrfood

    chickensrfood In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2010
    Snap the neck being the most humane? Ouch

    Apparently this duck had 4 lives.

    Next time slice the neck or chop off the head and be done with it.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2010

  8. bikerted86

    bikerted86 Hatching

    Dec 20, 2010
    we take care of cripples hunting by folding the neck in half and holding it.
  9. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Songster

    Aug 13, 2010
    Bloomingdale, MI
    I think the easiest, and most humane way (for the bird) to kill it is to chop its head off.

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