Putting down a sick chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by marshajoy, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. marshajoy

    marshajoy Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2012
    I think we're going to kill off the chicken. I've been caring for her for a week, and she seems more miserable than ever. She is lying down, sprawled out, eyes closed, but still heaving with heavy breaths. I hoped she would die naturally, but she perked up for awhile, and now she's back to looking near death. it's back and forth. seems miserable for her.

    i haven't gotten many responses, so i'm praying someone sees this to help out ASAP.
    In my last post, I told her about her conditon... I believe it's severe, severe "Salpingitis." She is badly swollen up in her belly.
    i've tried natural remedies and it hasn't helped.

    So what is the most humane way to finish her off? we can't afford to have her euthanized.

    We'd like to find a quick way to do it, so she doesn't suffer any more.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Snap the neck or slit the throat deeply just below the jawbone.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
  3. PrincessKristin

    PrincessKristin Out Of The Brooder

    I have had to shoot one of mine, made me feel aweful. I read in a post where someone put theirs in a box and hooked it to the car exaust pipe some how and it just put it to sleep in about 30 sec that seems more humane to me. So sorry your having to go through this.:hugs
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
  4. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2012
    Derby UK
    [​IMG]i agree would just fall asleep a lot kinder , so sorry to hear about her [​IMG]
  5. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2009
    When we have to do this we chop the head off. We put a little sock over her head, try to relax her, then lay her down and chop with an ax. She doesn't know what's coming, and it's instantaneous. Good luck - I know it's horrible to have to do it, but once you find out that you can in fact do it, the next time one get's severely ill, you will know that you can swiftly end her suffering before it drags on.
  6. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 24, 2012
    Sacramento, CA
    Please, please, do not do this!!! It is extremely dangerous!
    I'm really sorry you have to do this.
    [​IMG] I recently had to put down 12 chicks that I paid 60 dollars for. It was really hard, but I knew they wouldn't be suffering anymore.
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j True BYC Addict

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    We decapitate here. I believe it's the kindest way. As stated before, it's quick and instantaneous. It sounds like putting her down would be the kindest thing.
  8. reksat

    reksat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2011
    I had to put one of mine down today(very hard to do)because of a dislocated hip. I used a .22 cal rifle to the back of the head,was terrible but quick and no suffering.
  9. PrincessKristin

    PrincessKristin Out Of The Brooder

    I never have done it just read about it in one of the post somewhere. I can see where it could be dangerous.:( I have had to use a gun though , I dont think I could handle the cutiing stuff, then again I'm a girl :/ and vegitarian as well.
  10. NCChickLovers

    NCChickLovers Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2013
    All it takes is a cutting block/tree stump and a hatchet/tomahawk. I, literally, just came inside from putting one of my six chicks down. She was in a lot of pain and it was the merciful thing to do.

    Decapitation may seem gruesome, but there is no pain for them. If you want to put them down, in a humane manner, it's the best route to take. Initially, you will see them react to the chop, so it may look like it was painful for them, but any pain that they may have felt is gone in the very same instant. Their body will move around, afterwards, but just remember that it is the nervous system going haywire. They are not actually alive to feel anything.

    I'm sorry if my description bothered anyone, but I just had to do it, and I figured that anyone who hasn't would want to know what to expect if they chose to decapitate.

    God bless, guys.
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