I have read on several threads now people saying a bullet to the head was unsuccessful in killing a chicken, they have sited the "small brain" of the chicken as a reason. My question is for those that have had the problem have you caught the chicken and then shot it point blank in the head or shot from across the yard? The chickens brain may be small but it's still in the skull, bullets do periferal damage so it seems to me if you have the chicken restrained and shoot point blank that should do the job. Other threads have said it is beneficial to pith the chicken prior to slitting it's throat (a knife to the brain) wouldn't a bullet to the brain be the same? Anyone have a positive outcome shooting the chicken to kill it? If so exactly where do you shoot it? I am asking b/c I have tried the hatchett and knife and disliked both, so am considering a bullet for next time, and would like to be as prepared as I can be for it.