How do I cull a chick with ether?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crazychickens, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. crazychickens

    crazychickens Songster

    Jan 19, 2008
    Belleville, Wisconsin
    How do I cull a chick using ether?

    What is ether?

    Is it the same as lighter fluid?

    Is ether, something I buy at a auto parts store?

    I have been nursing these sick chicks along for a few weeks now. Some are better, yet some seem to have nerve damage from the AE
    I think culling is the right thing to do, to the once that wont get better.[​IMG]

    So I have a coffee can with lid, and a wash rag.

    Now what do I do? [​IMG]
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    NOT lighter's starter fluid and you can get it at TSC or an auto parts store. Just soak a rag with it and put it in the can with the chick and put the lid on and leave it for awhile.
  3. stilwellchick

    stilwellchick Songster

    Jun 16, 2007
    Stilwell, KS
    When I have had to do this I had my DH just hold them in a bucket of water and drown them. He is a bird hunter and this doesn't bother him as much as it does me. There are several posts on this topic and every way is still tough even though it is the right thing to do. I am very sorry for your loss.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Using ether is easiest way for me to do it....I know some people snip the heads off with scissors, but I just can't do that. Using ether they go to sleep and don't wake up.
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    It is Starter Fluid like Katy do have to put alot on the rags to soak them well...make sure you do this in a well vent area for you, I would do it outside in the fresh the chick or chicks inside and close the lid tight!...

    Some find this to be the best way for euthansia in chicks and chickens...
  6. crazychickens

    crazychickens Songster

    Jan 19, 2008
    Belleville, Wisconsin
    Well, just so you know, I'm a big baby. I wont be able to hold them under water or cut there heads off. I went so far as to find a heavy pair of scissors, then did'nt have the heart to do it.

    I know, I have to do it, so the eather way, sounds like the method that would work best for me.

    Ether starter fluid, is the stuff you spray on a motor to get it to start in winter. right?

    How much fluid do I put on the rag?

    How long do I leave the chick in there, so its dead and not just a sleep?
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Yes, it's what you spray on a diesel engine in the winter.

    Like TOH need to soak the rag pretty good and she's right do it outside.

    I don't know that I've ever timed how long....I usually do it and then several hours later go back and dispose of it.

    I can't do the water or scissors way either.
  8. crazychickens

    crazychickens Songster

    Jan 19, 2008
    Belleville, Wisconsin
    Thank-you all for your help. I just got back from the buying the starter fluid. So, ok, now I'm going to go do it.
    Thank-you again.
  9. dacasodivine

    dacasodivine Songster

    Feb 19, 2008
    Another way is the use dry ice. If you're doing several, maybe use a rubbermaid container. Put the chicks in. Put the dry ice in a little bowl and add water. Put the lid on the rubbermaid container. It only takes a couple of minutes.

    I had to euth my scissor beaked chick like that and it really was quick with no struggling.

    (((hugs))) to you. I only had to do one.
  10. RobinEgg

    RobinEgg Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    Oh my, this is just horrible to think about when you're a soft hearted person. It is at times like this that I wish I weren't a softie. My order of chicks included a little fellow with no eyes. Now with rationalization I know this litle guy has no kind of hope for normal life. My son is firmly against putting the little one down, he is okay with a "normal" death, but I dont want the little fellow to starve to death. Oh sometimes life just isn't fair. Hugs and prayers to all who have the experience of euthanization.

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