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Question RE: Euthanizing Using Starting Fluid...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TJ, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. TJ

    TJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I have been reading on here regarding the use of Starter Fluid to humanely euthanize a chicken. I read that you use a rag soaked in the fluid and place the chicken in an airtight container with the soaked rag... Just so I do this right, are we talking about a standard size washcloth soaked in Starter Fluid? And a 5 gallon plastic paint bucket with a lid, would that work for the container?

    Please advise and thank you!

    Blessings,
    TJ
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've only done it with young chicks, ducklings and kittens. I'm not sure how it would work with bigger animals. For the smaller animal I just soak a rag...usually like an old dish rag and put it in a gallon coffee with a tight fitting lid.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you do this method, make sure you use ALOT of starter fluid for a 5 gal bucket. I personally prefer the removal of the head because they are in effect suffocating that way.
     
  4. TJ

    TJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Katy! This is a 6 mo. old hen and she's pretty alert, I just don't want any mishaps...I've never done this type of thing before. My husband is off deer hunting and he complains when I ask him to do this...he shoots them in the head and he always says that it's a waste of a bullet. He thinks I should use another method...(*sigh*)

    Thanks again...

    TJ
     
  5. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why are you wanting to Euthanize your hen?
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    At least your hubby will do it...Mine always says don't ask him to do anything I'm not willing to do myself. [​IMG] I guess he's probably right...it's not something he likes doing either.
     
  7. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:dang a .22 round is a lot cheaper than the starting fluid.
     
  8. TJ

    TJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks 'silkiechicken' but I couldn't do a hands on approach, I can't even imagine myself doing that...I know it's better for the hen but I wouldn't be able to sleep for days or probably weeks, and the nightmares! Ugh...

    And 'antadeta', I had a dog attack happen last week and this hen was one who was injured. I can see where feathers were pulled out and she bled a bit but other than that I don't see any injury but she doesn't want to stand and she flops about if I put her on the ground. It's been a week and I think it's time to do something...(*sigh*)

    Thanks all...

    TJ
     
  9. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry to hear that. Now I understand why

    Thank You
    DeeDee
     
  10. TJ

    TJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh! Thanks for that lil' tidbit of info. 'FutureChickenMan'. He's due home this evening and I'll have to bring that up when I ask him to do this...

    And I know 'Katy', he tells me if I'm gonna raise and keep chickens that I need to pull myself up by my bootstraps and do this part of it...but he knows that I just don't have the heart to do it.[​IMG]
    I'll hear about it when I ask him...he never does this for me without him getting on his lil' soapbox first...(*sigh*)

    Thank you!
     

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