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- Jun 15, 2020
I’ve dispatched several this way. My ‘spot’ is the ear. Never had to shoot twiceI’ve just now come across this thread but I’ve read through everything. My preferred method, and I know this is not for everybody for sure, is to use a really accurate .22 rifle or pellet rifle and shoot the chicken right where the skull meets the neck. Majority of my chickens free range 100% of the time and are not always easy to catch so this works great for me and I probably have done several dozen this way. I’ve hunted all my life so making a clean, ethical shot in the right place comes second nature and I won’t pull the trigger unless I’m confident the bullet will hit its mark. Waiting until the chicken is resting quietly or not moving and making sure no other chicken or object is in the background before taking the shot it important. For me, this eliminates the stress of being captured and held down for the chicken and it’s an immediate “lights out”. A shot at the base of the skull will destroy part of the brain, brain stem, spinal cord, one or both of the main arteries, and depending on the shot, the windpipe as well. I like this way because you never have to even touch the bird to kill it and they will often just plop down, flap their wings for a few seconds, and go limp. But like I said, this is not for everyone and if shooting a small target isn’t your forte, I wouldn’t recommend it.