Home Euthanation

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Golden_Gwennie, May 19, 2008.

  1. Golden_Gwennie

    Golden_Gwennie In the Brooder

    Jan 1, 2008
    I have a sick chicken (or two) that seem to have a lymphoma virus (or something like that). Their poo is yellowish, their abdomen is fat and puffy, their feathers are puffed out, and they aren't moving much.

    I can tell they are miserable. How can I euthanise them? I don't want to snap their necks and I don't have a gun, nor would I want to shoot them.

    What can I do? [​IMG]
  2. Bodnsoul

    Bodnsoul Hatching

    Nov 22, 2007
    That is too bad, sorry. shooting probably is not a god method and is loud and messy. Truthfully for a method that you can do at home beheading them or spinal dislocation is probably the most effective and humane and fast. CO2 euthanasia is effective but I doubt you would find it any prettier than any other method. The knife through the base of the skull as described in raising poultry the modern way is fast and effective but not for the faint of heart and takes a bit of practice. If this is a beloved pet then you are going to be upset and hesitant and this is no time to be hesitant.

    I wish you good luck and sorry you are losing some friends
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Have some big strong man come and do it for you! If you are tenderhearted and have never done it, I would advise you to get someone else who is not so emotionally involved. A dying chicken makes quite a show, no matter how its done. :aww
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Tie the feet together, hang upside down from a limb or a cloths line post, take a sharp knive and cut it's throat. Do your best to cut the head off clean. You must use a sharp knive and be careful not to cut yourself. Once you have done this a few hundred times, you will get the hang of it.
  5. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    I've read many threads about euthanization and I think, if I had to do it, I'd place the chick in a small paper bag and put it under the tire of my car. Then I'd run over it. Sounds horrible (as any method does) but it would be VERY quick and I wouldn't have to kill it with my hands. Just my thoughts. So sorry about your chicks. Good luck.
  6. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I've heard of people using auto starter fluid, which is usually ether and puts them to sleep. MIND YOU DON'T INHALE THE FUMES AND IT'S VERY FLAMMABLE, TOO!! Sorry about the chickees.
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Running over a chick might work since you can make sure the whole head is smashed immediately, but for an adult, you'd have to be sure to crush the head. Sounds very messy to me. Cervical dislocation, or any method to remove the brain from the body is the best in my opinion, as if there is no connection, it can't feel anything.
  8. biretta

    biretta Songster

    Jun 7, 2007
    panner123, I'm not sure why you would consider tying a chicken's feet and hanging it upsidedown before slitting its throat humane. Personally, I'd consider that one of the least humane methods. I know I wouldn't want to go that way.
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I think he meant cut it's throat all the way though since his next sentence says to make sure you get the head clean off.
  10. warren

    warren Songster

    Sep 29, 2007
    I have only killed one hen.
    The poor little soul was very weak and tired so I waited until she closed her eyes and hit her on the head with a heavy iron bar. It was instantanious, she did not know a thing about it and did not flap. I then cut her head off as I wanted to make sure that she was dead. She did flap a bit then.
    If I have to do another I will put her in a bucket of water to make sure that she is dead instead of cutting the head off.

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