What is the best way? Obviously this is a matter of preference, but I want to hear everyones particular best way so I can get ideas that work for me, or than I can modify slightly. Here's what I'm looking for, I need to kill my meat chickens in a bit (about a month and a half) and I want to have decided on what to do before I need to do it. I want a method that will kill them quickly, as painlessly as possible, and cleanly (as possible). I am not squemmish and will do what I need to do, but primarily I don't want the birds to suffer. I hear people talk about cutting off the head, but it seems to me that their brains will still have activity for a short time after that - so unless I'm wrong here - I don't like this idea. To be honest - hopefully this doesn't sound too gross, I was thinking or either using a small guage shotgun right on the head or something that could crush their head (very fast ways of eliminating brain activity). But, like I said, I'm open to any ideas that are hightly effective at instant death - but preferably less messy than a shotgun.