humanely culling young ducklings or chicks please !

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by michelle b 1972, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. michelle b 1972

    michelle b 1972 Out Of The Brooder

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    hi everyone, i am about to incubate my duck eggs and i was getting lots of info about incubating and hatching the ducklings and then i read something that said if any are sick or injured i will have to cull them... this is something i dont want to do .. but i looked into it anyway... can anyone offer a NICE and quick way please .. i am hoping that it wont come to this.... but i have to live in the real world and things like this may have to be done ! i have found an item on an ebay site to use and i was just checking with you guys if this is the best way and quickest before i buy it ! i will upload the pic and the info that comes with it ! any help would be greatfully appreciated !
    thanks michelle x
    this is the info ......


    Mardle Mini Dispatcher
    For dispatching or culling sick or injured chicks and ducklings.
    In the perfect world all chicks and ducklings would be fit and wanted,
    but sometimes we have to be realistic and some birds have to be culled
    or destroyed.
    The Mardle Mini Dispatcher has been designed to deal
    humanely with sick or injured chicks, ducklings or game. Simply place
    the dispatcher around the chick's or duckling's neck, squeeze and
    the birds neck is broken, without breaking the skin.
     
  2. michelle b 1972

    michelle b 1972 Out Of The Brooder

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    this is the picture of it ... well im hoping it is !

    [​IMG]
     
  3. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have never seen one of these but I don't see why it wouldn't work... Many people on here believe (myself included) that a pair of very sharp kitchen shears will do the job as well but if you are even the slightest bit queasy, I would go with your choice.. lol Hopefully you will not have any issues that cannot be easily resolved but in reality, there is always that chance..

    Goddess [​IMG]
     
  4. michelle b 1972

    michelle b 1972 Out Of The Brooder

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    thankyou for your reply ! garden shears oh no.... i would faint ! im not squemish or anything its just the fact that i dont want to cull anything ...EVER ... and i know sometime now or in the future this may well be an option... but i wont do it... i will get my hubby to do it ! maybe you could invest in a pair of these... it would save the mess garden shears make.... lol
    thanks alot
    michelle
     
  5. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The warm water method is fairly easy. You just hold the baby in warm water and gently stroke it they just relax and peacefully pass away under the water. Less messy and seems kinder than chopping heads off, lol. [​IMG]
     
  6. Livinwright Farm

    Livinwright Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Oh goodness! You all are much more able than I. I have no problem killing meat birds or animals, old animals, or even middle aged animals that get severely sick or injured... I just can't bring myself to kill a baby anything... it just seems... wrong.
     
  7. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:What is the difference? You either have an adult who suffers, or a baby who suffers. I use a very sharp pair of scissors, you can hold the baby and cuddle it a bit and then snip, he doesn't know what happened or feel any pain. There isn't that much of a mess, I had to cull a chick that was a few days old but wouldn't eat. I used the scissor method and there was very little blood, there isn't much in a chick or duckling to begin with.
     
  8. Livinwright Farm

    Livinwright Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is the difference? You either have an adult who suffers, or a baby who suffers. I use a very sharp pair of scissors, you can hold the baby and cuddle it a bit and then snip, he doesn't know what happened or feel any pain. There isn't that much of a mess, I had to cull a chick that was a few days old but wouldn't eat. I used the scissor method and there was very little blood, there isn't much in a chick or duckling to begin with.

    I prefer that my animals live as much life as possible. IMO, middle aged or elderly animals have had at least a few years of good life, even if they are(none as of yet, thankfully) deformed.
     
  9. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:What is the difference? You either have an adult who suffers, or a baby who suffers. I use a very sharp pair of scissors, you can hold the baby and cuddle it a bit and then snip, he doesn't know what happened or feel any pain. There isn't that much of a mess, I had to cull a chick that was a few days old but wouldn't eat. I used the scissor method and there was very little blood, there isn't much in a chick or duckling to begin with.

    I prefer that my animals live as much life as possible. IMO, middle aged or elderly animals have had at least a few years of good life, even if they are(none as of yet, thankfully) deformed.

    But if that few days of life a sick chick or duckling lives is full of suffering until it eventually dies is it more humane to let it live on? Or help it along to a better place?
     
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    Livinwright Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I prefer that my animals live as much life as possible. IMO, middle aged or elderly animals have had at least a few years of good life, even if they are(none as of yet, thankfully) deformed.

    But if that few days of life a sick chick or duckling lives is full of suffering until it eventually dies is it more humane to let it live on? Or help it along to a better place?

    If it is sick, I do what I can to get it healthy again...
     

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