How to put a chick down?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by THV, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. THV

    THV Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Folks,
    I had a problem a few months ago with all of my baby chicks dying. I figured out it was the wrong feed and they were dying of malnutrition [​IMG] I switched their food and two of the 10 survived. The problem now is that one of them has lost her ability to walk. The other one seems t be doing OK. I think I need to put the paralyzed one down. I don't see her doing so well with the new flock that are now healthy pullets. Any suggestions on the most humane way to put her down (and the least traumatic for me)?

    Happy Easter everyone.
    Thanks
    Tim
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    honestly I have tried a few methods but the easiest I think for the chick and for me was just snipping off its head with poultry shears. you can stun check out Monarcs post on processing quail it would be the same thing with out the processing part. I am sorry you have to do this, but it is a part of being a chicken owner and actually caring about their quality of life. Good luck [​IMG]
     
  4. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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  5. PQ

    PQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A friend of mine use to put them in a box and place in freezer. She said they looked like they had gone to sleep.
     
  6. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The easiest way for me (and no blood) is to hold their feet in one hand and clamp your fingers on their neck stretching them out - it suffocates them quickly and is a painless death. I'm sorry you have to do this but I understand - I had to cull one of my chicks that hatched yesterday because it was deformed and struggling.
     
  7. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want to avoid the blood, just twist/snap their neck. They will, of course go through the final shudders of flapping/running motions but they really don't feel a thing.
     
  8. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    I have to say that the baking soda/vinegar method is the route I have gone. I just can't cut their little heads off. The soda/vinegar method is pain free, blood free and really fast. It gets my vote.

    I'm sorry you have to do this. [​IMG]
     

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