Just couldn't euthanize it.....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fowlwoman1, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Wenatchee, WA
    I've got this 2 day old chick with really bad leg spraddle. it seems to be genetic because it came out of the shell looking like its hips were way up on its sides. but anyway, i tried tying its legs together, but it doesn't do anything but sleep anyway. it's obviously just not healthy and probably won't live long. it doesn't make attempts to eat or drink. so i was looking at it tonight, watching it just lay there and chirp every once in a while, and thought i should just put it down. someone had mentioned using starter fluid as it has ether in it. so i sprayed for several seconds onto a rag and put it in a gladware dish, cuddled the chickie and put him in and sealed the lid. that chickie was NOT happy. i was under the impression that it would just suffocate and peacefully die. i tried to wait it out, thinking it would be rather short, but i probably had it in there for 30 seconds and it was still fighting it. poor thing. so i just couldn't stand it anymore and i snatched off the lid and am still holding the sweet thing. it is the only buff ee out of the 8 eggs that hatched and it is so pretty. i don't want to let go of the poor thing. i want to try harder to save it. a couple of months ago i had a chick that had leg problems who died after a week and a half. i didn't want to do that again. i thought i was getting tough enough to put it out of its misery, but i guess not.
  2. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Oh, don't give up. [​IMG] We just recently had a chick hatch in much the same way as you described, and she has pulled out of her funk and is doing fine, despite the high-set hips. [​IMG]
  3. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Wenatchee, WA
    i probably damaged its lungs now too. poor thing.
  4. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Mmmm... Possibly. See how she does overnight and go from there. [​IMG]
  5. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    I agree, don't give up on it! It's obviously a fighter! [​IMG] How is it this morning?
  6. HMK123

    HMK123 In the Brooder

    Sep 17, 2007
    Don't feel to bad...

    (Confession time, please do NOT read further if you are upset about chicks dieing)

    The second time we got chicks (straight run) about 80% were roos... By the time they were about 8 weeks and were starting to crow we decided we did not have enough room for that many roosters, so we decided to do a mass kill...

    So I researched and found the starter fluid method. We took a small box and I put 4 roos in it and emptied half a bottle of starter fluid. 10 minutes later I opened the box and they were all dead. It worked, and was not painful, so we did it with the other 4 chicks, and I left the box sitting in the garage overnight. Next morning I found one of the chicks had lived!

    I felt so horrible! [​IMG] But needless to say we had a rooster, he had spraddled legs, and had been the one to always be picked on, but as he survived we kept him, named him Stupid, and he lived for anouther 2 years, most of that time in a tree in our yard as he escaped the coop and would not let us catch him (go figure...) Eventually we didn't see him near the hens anymore (he would waddle over every day to see them) and that day we found some feathers near the tree... Poor Stupid...

    But the important thing is that the reason that starter fluid works is that it is ether... You are ODing them on an anesthesia, so they will go to sleep... But even with the amount we put in Stupid's box he lived fine with no lung problems...

    But if you think you need to try again, use something with a lid, the smaller the better....

    ((Now I bet no one here will like me anymore...))
  7. lovemychicks9

    lovemychicks9 Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    I think you did the most humane way of putting them at peace that you could. It was a peaceful way to go if they must. Just going to sleep is gentler then a lot of other ways that use sharp utensils. I know that it is something that must be done and I do not admonish anyone who has to do it. They are much stronger then I am, I just could not do that , I am too much a softey. I don't hate you for it , you did what you needed to.
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    this if you ever have to do it again. You just mix baking soda and regular vinegar. This produces CO2 which will kill quickly. Just do it outside the first time, you dont want to kill everybody in the house.
  9. Ailsa

    Ailsa In the Brooder

    May 31, 2008
    England, UK
    Caring sucks sometimes I guess

    I have read alot about this lately and it does seem the most humane way.
    Im sure you will spoil your little fighter [​IMG]

    HMK Im sure no one will hate you for what you had to do!
  10. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    FowlWoman1 - I really respect that you tried to put the poor thing out of it's suffering. [​IMG] Don't feel bad. I'm just sorry it did not go well. I'm praying the little chick will be ok - or that you will be able to successfully put it down without any more trauma to it or you.

    I had a little 4 day old chick that was dying and I knew I should have ended it, but I was not as brave as you. It still really bothers me that I let it suffer until it died on it's own. I feel really badly about that.

    Please let us know how the chick is doing now.


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