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what to do with ill chick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gavbarker, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. gavbarker

    gavbarker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2007
    East yorkshire uk
    Hi one of my chicks thats just hatched is not looking too goo dim going to leave it a bit to see if it starts to perk up if not what is the best way to put it out of its missery? I dont think the vets around here would help i work with dongs and have to do it to them alot of the time so i dont think an injection would work on a chick as its too small or am i wrong?
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2007
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    The simplest way to cull a chick is to quickly break its neck.

    The least hands on way to kill a chick is to put it in an airtight container, such as an empty paint bucket with a tight fitting lid and adding a paper towel or rag that has been sprayed with ether. Ether is available in the form of starter fluid at a car parts shop. You dont need much. It will put the chick to "sleep" quickly. The same method can be used for any age or size poultry, just use a size appropriate container.
    Try not to breathe the fumes.

    Sorry about your chick. Unless it is suffering, I would leave it alone and see if it survives or dies on its own.

  3. gavbarker

    gavbarker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2007
    East yorkshire uk
    Thanx i will do i will leave it till tomorow and she how it does i just gave it some suagr water and it seems to have livend up a little.
  4. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Actually- a vet will euthanize it -FYI. The injection they use is used even on pet mice, birds, etc. Im not saying that is what you need to do, but it is possible to give an injection to the tiniest of birds-it is done right next to the breastbone usually. (Im a certified vet tech-otherwise I wouldnt know either)

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