How to cull a chick?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by oregonboy1974, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. oregonboy1974

    oregonboy1974 In the Brooder

    Feb 28, 2012
    Grants Pass Oregon
    I need help i have a chick that is limping for 3 days. I don't think its brook she hops to the food and to the water the foot it starting to curl [​IMG]

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I saw on another site a guy who made a "shoe" for his chick. He superglued the foot (bottom only) to a duck-like footprint cut out of a postcard (poster board stuff would work). He said by the time the glue wore off the foot was always fixed.
    If you feel the need to kill the chick, I think the most humane way is to cut the head off with a pair of really sharp meat scissors or a small, sharp hatchet.
  3. Brickman House

    Brickman House Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
    The prior poster is right. If you have to cull, a sharp pair of scissors to cut the head off is quickest and likely most humane for the chick, though often tough for the humans to stomach!

    That said, the prior poster is also correct that you RARELY, if ever, have to cull a chick just for bent toes. A young chick's toes are soft and quite pliable, and are easily splinted straight. Just take a piece of cardboard and some duct tape, and tape the chick's foot to it so that the toes are straight. It will fall off eventually. Check the toes then, and re-splint if necessary.

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