Poor chicken - had to do a mercy killing - and first kill to boot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MrsSmitho, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. MrsSmitho

    MrsSmitho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    E. Tx.
    Ok, everybody who was helping with my girl who was rasping breath -

    thank you for the info

    she had wet pox and was very lathargic. she responded vaguely to being hand fed and watered...but there is no way I could have done that for very long...

    we did a mercy kill on her - she went quick and painless...actually looked like she was already to "that" point and didn't have a clue what we were doing.

    and it was my first kill also - so now I know the easiest (for me) way to kill when we are ready to eat [​IMG]

    And out of the pain of mercy killing...comes the awesome knowledge that we have several more laying today! went back in to feel the love from the other birds and found 4 more eggs!!

    Please don't look at us as this reads...uncaring...it stunk to have to do it, but all part of the farm life, right? We loved her. She is free.

    In loving memory of Wheezy.

  2. joanc

    joanc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2007
    Shafer, MN
    Sorry for your loss.

    We had the same experience about a month ago. My favorite and most friendly girl--I miss her every day when I see the others. But I know she's not suffering anymore.

    And you're right-it is part of farm life and life in general, it's just harder when it's one of your favorites.

    Take care.
  3. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    I feel for your loss and understand where you are coming from.

    How did you do the deed? Curious.
  4. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I would have done the same in your situation, it is better to end the suffering. R.I.P wheezy [​IMG]
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Sometimes you have to do it.
  6. MrsSmitho

    MrsSmitho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    E. Tx.
    Volume 904

    almost hate to say...combo of ways, but in the end we figured the perfect way...

    broom method

    chicken on the ground, brom handle on back of neck, and step at the same time you raise the chicken body.

    very quick and painless...

    we woln't go into the first attempt...only good thing on that is hse was so far gone, she didn't feel anything [​IMG]

    thanks all for the condolence...
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I'm so sorry that you had to do that. I had to cull one of mine this past week and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. In the end, my kids had to actually carry it out because I couldn't do it. My hats off to you for being strong enough to take care of it.

    That's great that you have more laying for you. [​IMG]

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