Humane why to kill male chicks

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Ryoohkey, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. Ryoohkey

    Ryoohkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is a humane why to kill the males of my sex-links when they hatch. The first batch is set to hatch this Wednesday and I already know I'm going to have a hard way selling them but don't want to raise them to slaughter when I have other breeds I already do that to.
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    A good sharp pair of kitchen shears can end things quickly.
     
  3. Ryoohkey

    Ryoohkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For a baby chick *sigh* it may just come down to that guess I better start thinking about it more to get use to the idea
     
  4. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    It was also suggested to me a good sharp pair of shears. She told me to set the shears in place, cover with a paper towel, and snip. Then just roll it up in the paper towel. Sad, but sometimes necessary.
     
  5. WildfireSmitty

    WildfireSmitty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can you find any local petting zoo's or anything that will take them? This is something that should have been thought of before setting.
     
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  6. phalenbeck

    phalenbeck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grow them out, process them when they become a problem, and eat them. There is no other choice. Even if you have restrictions there is not a problem till crowing. Raised together they will be fine.
     
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  7. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    @Ryoohkey I assume you have your reasons for asking the question, so its your call! Never pleasant, but I wish you all the best with whatever you choose.
     
  8. Ryoohkey

    Ryoohkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few people that want one but just thinking long term seems like I'll have some good vertalizer coming my way
     
  9. Ifish

    Ifish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a livestock auction close by you could always take them there and sell them.

    As WVduckchick said, sharp sheers and cover with paper towel or news paper.
     
  10. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yuk. I had to kill 3-4 week old chicks this winter.

    Meat birds I don't mind - when it's processing time.. but the little ones I really disliked. I felt cruel and I hope I never have to do it again.

    That being said, I used a sharp knife on the neck and it did the job. The key was not to think and do it fast (I mean, grab the chick from the enclosure, go wherever you plan to do it and DO IT).
    My favorite was a female I thought I'd keep for eggs.
    I gave her a few kisses before I had to...
    Nop, wasn't the right way to go at ALL.

    I wish I had a husband or a boyfriend at times like these lol.
     
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