I need humane ways to euthanize chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crystalchik, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. crystalchik

    crystalchik Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2008
    Central Florida
    I have a chick that just hatched with a serious leg deformity, and its screaming and there's nothing I can do. If I just wait it will be days. I want to know of a humane way to euthenaze it. I will not physically kill it with my own hands, I cant bring myself to snap its neck, or anything like that. And I cant bring it in to the vet's. Is there any household drugs or another way to do it?
    Please help and please be sensitive.
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I've posted this before. It's always a sad thing to need to repost, but very helpful when folks need it. I use this method for chicks who simply can't be helped, and it works very well.

    I wish you and the chick the speediest dispatch!

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  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I use starter fluid (ether) sprayed on a rag and placed with the chick into a coffee can with a tight fitting lid.
  4. dovecanyon

    dovecanyon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2009
    Niland, CA
    I used the method described in the link from ChooksChick, and it worked perfectly. I used the zip-lock bag with baking soda and vinegar. It was quick, painless, and non frightening for both me and the chick.
    I am wondering if this method can be safely used for adult chickens before processing for the freezer? Will it somehow make the chicken inedible?
  5. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 19, 2008
    central virginia
    you dont want to use that on chickens that you plan to eat. chickens need to bleed out
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    A breeder friend i know can tell all his good breeders at day olds. Everything that cannot be used it simply tossed in a bucket of chilled water. They go right to the bottom and die. While i wouldnt do this myself, according to him it is humane.
  7. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    Le Roy, NY
    Awful subject, but the chick we had with a leg deformity my DH shot with our rifle. we dug the hole, placed it in and shot. It killed both of us and it was sadly easy cause it couldn't walk at all. [​IMG]
  8. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2009
    Oh that is so sad, I'm sorry you have to do this. Do you have a gun? I would think what the above poster said would be the quickest way but the baking soda and vinegar seems the least gruesome.

    We had to put a rat down once, I read about people putting them in the freezer to die, but I thought that would be a nonsense way to go. The boyriend took her outside, put some of her fave treats on the ground and while she was happily eating away he used a shovel on her neck. She was gone really quick and never knew what was coming. Sad thing to have to do, but it was either that or a long prolonged suffering.

    I would never drown anything, that sounds like a terrible way to die.
  9. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Quote:I had to cull a chick for the first time and used this method - it worked perfectly - no sign of any pain or fear.

    You need to read through everything very carefully and use the correct amounts. I had previously tried using hydrogen peroxide & baking soda in a little cooler to put my chick down (before finding the above site) and had to remove her because she was flapping about in the cooler and I couldn't stand it (I felt sorry for her). I had read about using the HP & BS, but hadn't known how much to use at that time. She was groggy when I removed her, but started eating normally about 10 minutes later. I felt horrible that I had caused her distress.

    The next day, I tried again following the directions found in the posted link very carefully. I talked to her gently and placed a rag around her face (for darkness) before placing her into the chamber to keep her calm. She laid there calmly till she fell asleep - - there was no flapping or noise. I then put the second dose into the chamber which finished it for her peacefully.
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    It's best to find a friend to do it for you. However, I think the most tried and true humane way is to put the chick in a paper bag and cut the neck with a scissors or press down quick with a knife. This way you won't see it. You have to think of the chick and put your feelings aside. I feel for you, it's never easy.

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