Please Help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by redhead_19_79, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. redhead_19_79

    redhead_19_79 In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2009
    My 2 year old hen Ethel has been detoriating lately. It appears neurological in nature as it started with loss of balance, leaning to one side, etc. I figured that she suffered a minor stroke or something and haven't worried too much about it because she has been living like this this for over 6 months comfortably (still eating, drinking, and pooping normally).

    In recent days, however, she has taken a turn for the worse and at this point just lays in the same spot all day and won't eat or drink. At this point she is suffering and its time to let her go. I was wondering if there is any way that I can humanely euthanize her with medicine as I cannot bring myself to do any of the other methods I have read about online such as chopping her head off and cannot afford to bring her to a vet because I have a baby on the way myself. I gave her a baby aspirin mixture last night to at least help ease the pain and was hoping she would go in her sleep but she didn't. Don't think I can stand to see her suffer like this much longer. Please help my baby girl!!

  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    So sorry! I have a sick hen too. I read on a HOSP site that people put birds in a bag and squirt in lighter fluid.The gases from the fluid put them down.Similar to put a bag by the car pipe. Not sure how humane either are.Maybe someone can come over and do a quick chop.
  3. You are not going to like what I have to say but, the most humane way is to take off the head. The other methods can cause too much panic and thrashing about. Painful. You can use the broomstick method. Lay her down on the ground and put a broomstick across her neck, very firmly, once she is in that position, PULL hard down, or up depending on her positioning, on her legs(body) this will break her neck killing her and leave her head attached to the body. I am very sorry that you are going through this. Putting down a pet is never easy. I can't put one down without crying.
  4. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    Quote:Sadly, this is true. It seems brutal for the person having to do it, but it is the most humane for the bird. This is the method we use here when we have to.
    I'm really sorry you are having to go through this. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011

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