How to cull a chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Roosterboy, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you cull a chick?
    I just don't want any to suffer if they won't make it anyway.

    How do you cull a chick without like, ripping it's head off?

    And how do you do it mentally and emotionally
     
  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    could suffocate it. hit its head on something hard (quick and hard though).. shoot it with a BB gun.. those are the quick, non messy, and painless ways.. (that i know of anyway)
     
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    It's not easy mentally; it never is, but if it's for the benefit of the chick, then you have to look at it that way. Wrap the body in a towel, grab a sharp pair of scissors or shears. Position them just right. Turn your head and snip. Make sure you are aimed correctly because you do not want to miss and cause it pain - very important.

    It sounds harsh and I'm sorry, but sometimes it has to be done for their benefit and this is the best method I've found.

    Good luck - I feel your pain -[​IMG]
     
  4. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:WHOAAA .. Doesn't that methond only work on like day olds and 1 week old chicks.. I have never tied it but I wouldn't think it would work on anything bigger than that or would it.
     
  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    I assumed a very young chick. I've never had to cull one older than a few days old so you are right; didn't think of that.
     
  6. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How likely is it that i will have to cull?
     
  7. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just pull the head off with a quick jerk. Quick and over with.
     
  8. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:depends, for health reasons-Should not be often unless your line of birds has bad genetics, if you show... type wise/color etc, OFTEN but best to sell those,
     
  9. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    Out of every hatch of 20-30, I maybe have one. Seems like the later they hatch, the more likely it is to have one that isn't going to make it. It isn't a fun thing to have to do but unfortunately it's necessary. Can't stand to see anything suffer.

    Note: I only do it when necessary, when I KNOW there's no chance so please don't slam me with nasties.
     
  10. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Dude [​IMG]
     

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