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Lighter Fluid as humane euthanasia?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GallopingGoat, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. GallopingGoat

    GallopingGoat Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2010
    I don't want to break my hen's neck, and I read here that lighter fluid (? ether) is a humane form of euthanasia. If I have this wrong please correct me, or if you have another humane form of euth please let me know. She was just stepped on by my horse and if need be, I want to give her a kind end.

  2. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    Ohhh Im not sure, but personally i like a swift hatchet. [​IMG]
  3. MotherJean

    MotherJean Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think you're thinking of automotive "starter fluid," not lighter fluid. Starter fluid is ether. You need to soak a rag with that and hold it over beak. You need to keep it there until the hen actually stops breathing, otherwise all you'll do is make it unconscious for awhile.
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Nope.. i would'nt do it..
    broomstick method or hatchet... Both of those are over in a second.
    Anything else is inhumane. IMO
  5. GallopingGoat

    GallopingGoat Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2010
    I've read online that WD40 can be used as starter fluid - would that work?

    The reason I would prefer this is that the effect of ether is the same we have when we go into surgery - unconsciousness. I think would be kinder than a broken neck, which if done improperly wont do the trick. I also just can't do the hatchet method - sorry.
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    WD40 doe snot have enough concentrate to put the bird down. Only use starter fluid. I've used this method on my birds and it was over quick.

    This one, I would only do for chicks but if you have enough backhand serve this can be quick as well. Put the chicken in the bag, slam HARD a couple of times and it is over.

    Other than that, I prefer the broomstick method because I am not steady with a knife or ax so this one works for me.
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Yup.. we use the broomstick method here... Just had to do it last night actually. [​IMG]
    But it IS very quick...
  8. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    I agonized about it too but a good pellet shot right in the back of the comb worked real well on my old rooster. He may not have thought so if he'd had time to think about it. I hated doing it. I'd do the hatched method but I don't trust my follow through (and I don't want to see any blinking or gasping either). I've done it a few different ways and this was by far the quickest. It was also the right thing to do.
  9. mburpo

    mburpo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2010
    Paragon, IN
    DO NOT use lighter fluid or WD40. You're gonna end up with a live brain damaged bird if you do. Ether will put them to sleep then they SUFFOCATE to death. If you're looking at auto starter fluid, read the ingredients carefully. Not all starter fluid even has ether these days...

    Just cut it's head off with some sharp shears or slit it's throat on both sides of the windpipe like you would in processing meat. It's over in seconds.

    The easy way out for you isn't necessarily the easy way out for your bird...
  10. honeydoll

    honeydoll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2009
    Stark County, NE Ohio
    Quote:I agree with the broomstick or hatchet. We use a hatchet, and it is over in seconds, literally. I have thought about using ether in certain instances but it doesn't always work well. Sorry about your hen and good luck whatever you choose.

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