I have to do a difficult thing

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by MommyMagpie, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. MommyMagpie

    MommyMagpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    296
    1
    103
    Jul 29, 2011
    Salem/Jarvisville, WV
    So we got an uncertain gender chick at a swap, and it turns out he is a boy so the kids were ok with him either going to a new home or to Camp Frigidaire. BUT he has had a runny nose since we got him and a couple of times I have noticed his eyes look watery. Rehoming is now not an option since even if he recovers he will carry whatever it is he has. Also not a good idea to eat a chicken you suspect of illness. So I have to cull him, now. I read about a couple of people on here euthanizing with dry ice so I am going to use that method....just trying to get up the nerve to call the place that sells it. I feel sorry for the little guy but I guess it can't be helped....we like our chickens but they are more utility animals than pets, and I don't have the funds to put money into a chicken who would have to live out his life in quarantine for fear of spreading an illness.

    I posted this here because it didn't seem to go anywhere else, just needed to share.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    20,474
    3,862
    496
    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    We get a lot of pleasure and/or benefit from out chickens, but when you deal with living animals, you sometimes run into rough patches.

    Thanks for doing what is right and ethical. [​IMG]
     
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    That's part of raising farm animals, sometimes it's hard for us to do what's best for them. I always use the gun but I see in your signature line that you're in the city so that wouldn't do you any good. Good luck.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by