My first cull, possibly... When to do it? How to do it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MisfitMarie, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. MisfitMarie

    MisfitMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Salmon Faverolle chick that has had a rough past week. It was an assisted hatch that hatched with terribly curled toes and legs that cannot seem to straighten. One has recently developed into spraddle leg despite efforts to keep them tied together and multiple daily massages. I've tried the "chick chair" and have kept the legs tied together but without any improvement. Administering vitams and

    Its apetite seems to have picked up, but it still cannot eat or drink on its own. I worry, between work and college classes, that I cannot be home often enough to feed and water the chick more than once in the morning and multiple times in the evening. It cannot walk, merely slides along the brooder floor... or hobbles in circles. It is loud, feisty, and seems active considering... but it has been a week without any improvement as far as movement.

    I am slowly coming to the realization that I might have to cull this chick. I'm going to keep trying as long as I'm not doing more harm than good. I can't tell if I am keeping this chick alive and in tremendous pain or if there is somehow still some hope...

    The hocks, by the way, are awfully swollen. Legs wont bend straight... I'll straighten and massage them multiple times daily, but movement has not improved. Today, I took it out of the chick chair and allowed it to rest next to the other chicks. It's been awfully distressed the entire time, hates the chair, but seemed to calm right down as soon as I let it close to its hatchmates.

    Bummed. How long should I keep trying? And what is the easiest, quickest, least risky way to cull a chick if I must do so? It would be my first chick cull, and certainly most traumatic. I want to hold out for a miracle, but I'm also trying to be realistic...and not keep the chick barely hanging on and in pain for my own selfish reasons.
     
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best way I've been told to do it is by Cervical dislocation
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervical_dislocation

    But I found this thread that also talks about methods:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/392889/how-to-cull-chick-humanely/10

    As sad as it is I don't think the chick is in a good position, first of all help-outs can have problems since they needed to be helped out anyway (I think the only exception is bantams and dried over membranes) I honestly don't think it's worth it. I bet you can also find someone else to do it if you can't, I just wouldn't take it to the vet because that could be pricey over one chick.
     

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