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How To Humanely Euthanize A Chicken..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mrszlopez, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. PeepsInc

    PeepsInc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They say carbon monoxide poisoning is painless. Of coarse I've never heard this from someone that died of carbon monoxide! I struggled with the same thing with a baby pheasant I nursed for days. It wouldn't give up doing headstands. I found the ax to be the quickest most humane thing I could do for it. I feel now that you have to be prepared for such an ordeal when you decide to raise poultry.
     
  2. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    Quote:Well people when they get carbon monoxide poisoning sometimes don't even realize it so I'm guessing it doesn't hurt it just makes you sleepy.
     
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  3. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    So sorry, I know you're upset. I use pure ether. I could never cut a chicken's head off.
     
  4. JayBird+16

    JayBird+16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where does one get ether?
     
  5. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    What is Ether?
     
  6. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    [​IMG] First, let me say I'm sorry for your sad situation.

    In my opinion, breaking the neck is the most humane, it seems to kill the chicken instantly. I use a different method to dispatch the meat birds but with dear old friends I prefer to do it in a less messy, more dignified & respectful way.

    Sometimes it's easier to have someone else less emotionally attatched to the bird do it for you. Then they can focus on doing a quick effective job and not be so personally saddened by its loss. Find a friend or relative who is willing, or find a neighboring chicken keeper with whom you can trade these sad favors.

    I recently had to euthanize a hen who had become an internal layer, I owed it to her to end her suffering. I first dug the hole in a pretty part of my garden near a flowering shrub. Then I held her under my non-dominant left arm and calmed her with kind words & gentle stroking. Then I strengthened my resolve, grabbed a hold of her just behind her head with my stronger right arm, and gave a decisive firm yank, pulling out & twisting slightly. I knew she died as soon as the neck bones gave way with a crunch. Of course there were some reflexive flappings of her wings for a moment afterwards, it took about a minute for her to grow still & her eyes to close.

    It's essential to give a really hard yank. Once you release the head & see the neck is hanging limp, you know you've done the job. You can continue to hold the bird, or lay her down, cover her with a feed sack or towel, & walk away if you cannot bear it. That's why I say sometimes it's easier for someone else to do you the favor, so they can concentrate on doing the job well for the bird's sake.

    You can also lay the bird on the ground with her neck under a thick straight stick, like a broomstick. Hold the ends of the stick down firmly with your feet, grab the legs & pull up really hard until you feel that crunch.

    This last time was the first time I tried doing it while holding the bird under my arm. It was both successful (for the hen's sake) and -- don't get offended by my choice of words -- more satisfying for me as her keeper, it felt nicer to hold her right up to her end instead of laying her on the ground to wonder at the last "what's going to happen to me now?"

    I wish you peace with your decision & your actions to follow.
     
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  7. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Ether is a really strong like gas i think that will kill the bird! I think its in humane and the best way you can honor your birds is swift and sweet..use the axe or get someone to do it who can! No I aint heartless my dh is about to cull my roo and I wont be any wheres around when it happens! I am just hoping that my RIR is a hen and not a Roo or it goes too!!
     
  8. chicks for better health

    chicks for better health Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put her in the freezer. She will fall asleep first
     
  9. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    JayBird+16 :

    Where does one get ether?

    Engine starting fluid. Place a garbage bag inside a rubbermaid container. Spray engine starting fluid on an old rag. Use A LOT. Place the rag inside the container. Place the bird inside, cover top.​
     
  10. PeepsInc

    PeepsInc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lot of bad ideas here!!!!! Just put it in a pet taxi,cover with a blanket,and stick it by your car exhaust. Go have a cup of coffee,and the job will be done.
     

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