humanely dispatching a badly injured bird

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Nandinaberry, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. Nandinaberry

    Nandinaberry In the Brooder

    Oct 23, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I am the kind of person who catches insects and spiders inside the house and lets them go outside, so the thought of having to kill one of my ducks that I'm keeping for eggs is just horrifying. But I feel I need to be prepared for what might happen if one of my birds was badly hurt by a hawk, raccoon or possum and there was no hope of recovery. I think I should be able to act quickly to end their suffering, but have no idea how to do it, or how to prepare myself mentally for it.
    I would appreciate your thoughts and help.

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'd say a good sharp ax is probably the way to go, at least for me. Have a thick scrap of wood or handy tree stump at the ready. Or slit the throat with a good sharp knife.

    This gets discussed in our meat birds forum from time to time.
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  3. opalwednesday

    opalwednesday Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    I've never had to put down a goose, but we have had a few chickens that needed it :( My family uses a gun, with good aim I feel confident that it's a quick death.
  4. psue

    psue Songster

    Feb 12, 2012
    both of the above methods could work well if you know how to use the tools
  5. mominoz

    mominoz Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    North Georgia
    If you are squeamish like not sure that I want eyes looking at me and how long does brain live after decap? You can cover birds head with a bag, and use a sledge hammer> The blow will knock them out, and kill if you repeat,if not so great aim. And you won't have to 'see them'...I had a badly injured duck on a Friday night..out in country....and didn't want to deal with bloody mess.....I felt the blow was kinder....

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