touchy subject

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ginbart, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I had a chick born today that had it's intesting's (I think I spelled that wrong) anyway I needed to get rid of it. I read people talking about culling. Could someone tell me the correct way to do this. It's sad, but sometimes needs to be done and I don't want to do it the way I did it today. And no I will not tell you how I took care of it. Please let me know the best way, if there is one. You could PM me if you like. Thank you.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2008
  2. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    At that young, I've heard that a sharp pair of scissors would do the trick. I've never done it myself, so that is just hearsay. Sorry for your loss! Steph
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Most humane method in my opinion is a quick removal of the head.

    For a chick that small you can hold it down into a plastic bag and cut the head off with a sharp pair of scissors. That is quick for the chick and easier on you as you don't have to really 'see' the whole thing.

    For older chicks a sharp butcher/large knife or sharpened hatchet is the way to go. You can use a board with two nails placed about 1" apart to hold the head steady so you get a good swift one stroke kill.

    Beheading is not the easiest on US but it is the easiest on the chicken, I believe
  4. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    OK, I guess I was not ready for that. I could not even read all of the last answer. I will have to look again tomorrow. OMG, Please I hope I never have to do that. Thank you I think. I understand it is the best way for the chick and the fastest. When I'm done crying here I'm going to bed. My DH will think I'm crazy if I go up there now.
  5. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    It is alright to cry. I think most of us on here have cried over a chicken or two. I am so sorry you had to go through that. I hope it never happens again.
  6. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    It may be too much $ for one chick, but dry ice works-put it in a bucket with a lid and cover the ice so it doesn't burn the chick-put chick in a seal lid. Chick will essentially go to sleep.
  7. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    I am sorry you had that experience, but well done for doing what was best for the chick and not letting it die a slow death. It is okay to cry. It is your body's way of releasing stress.
  8. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Songster

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas always sucks. I had 2 batches back to back like that IMO b/c of the wormer Wazine (you can do a thread search on her about it if you wish) so unfortunately I had to put do everal chicks. The sizzors really is the easiest for a day old. Unlike for instance w/an older bird, there isn't alot of post mordon movement thankfully t make you feel extra awful. It's very sad.
  9. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Take it to the vet to have it euthanized, most will not charge a fee for an animal that small.
  10. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I think I will call a vet today because now I have one that hatched yesterday and It will not stand up. I have tried to put it on it's feet but it keeps rolling over. Thanks for all your help. It's hard to believe we can get attached to a chick like that. I guess after waiting 21 days you want to have everything work out for the best and that doesn't always happen. Thanks for caring.

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