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Old 05-23-2020, 11:53 PM
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I did a search for euthanize in this section but there were no specific threads on the subject.

This is a touchy subject but it is something most chicken owners will need to deal with at some point in time. Typical farm birds may not have as much of a family attachment, but occasionally a perceived more gentle effort must be made.

I hope this doesn't lead to negative feedback. I am just hoping to offer an option for anyone else who may one day be in this situation. If you have another gentle method you may want to mention it or provide a link.

It had been sick for a few days. It was getting worse. Efforts were not helping at all. Today it was obvious.
But, how do you gently handle this when it's the girls favorite?
The bird was sick so prepping for dinner was not an option. I had looked for an option for an injection, but we had nothing on hand. We will check with a local vet for a possible option next time. After searching several posts I found this post about using ether. The post uses ceramic figurines in the gentle instructions, but do not go there if you are not comfortable.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/art...-babies.72140/
I quickly remembered that ether used to be use as an anesthetic for surgery. It puts you to sleep, feel no pain, and for this purpose used in excess it will solve the problem painlessly.

There is no good way, but everyone agreed this was the best option today.
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I use a metal T ball bat to the head.

(Not specifically with a bat) but that is one of the "approved humane ways" to euthanize poultry per regs to farmers.
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Chicken killing cone.
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I use a metal T ball bat to the head.

(Not specifically with a bat) but that is one of the "approved humane ways" to euthanize poultry per regs to farmers.
That was considered, but the flopping about still occurs. It wouldn't bother me, but if the kids figured it out....
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Chicken killing cone.
Thank you. We are aware of that method, but keeping her intact was the idea for a proper burial. Remember the part about favorite bird?
Yes, I know, but several of the others would not have required a gentle hand.
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(Not specifically with a bat) but that is one of the "approved humane ways" to euthanize poultry per regs to farmers.
Yup, but that was not an option for today's situation.
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Did the Chicken have Covid19?
It coughed once, so probably. But don't worry, she got her stimulus check last week.
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I hate it when pets get sick. I couldn't bring myself to kill a couple of diseased rabbit does once. Took them to a vet for a needle . Strangely I never had any problems slaughtering their offspring!
Another way that might work is to put the chicken into some sort of reasonably air-tight enclosure and run car exhaust into it. I think carbon monoxide poisoning is a quiet way to go.
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wtf.

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Another way that might work is to put the chicken into some sort of reasonably air-tight enclosure and run car exhaust into it. I think carbon monoxide poisoning is a quiet way to go.
I've done that a few time with animals in a hav-a-hart(live trap).

I just cover the whole trap and exhaust pipe with a tarp,let it run about 30 minutes to be sure.
I guess its humane,the cover makes them dark and feel secure,many people are found dead in bed from leaks,so they aren't aware of it.

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I did a search for euthanize in this section but there were no specific threads on the subject.

This is a touchy subject but it is something most chicken owners will need to deal with at some point in time. Typical farm birds may not have as much of a family attachment, but occasionally a perceived more gentle effort must be made.

I hope this doesn't lead to negative feedback. I am just hoping to offer an option for anyone else who may one day be in this situation. If you have another gentle method you may want to mention it or provide a link.

It had been sick for a few days. It was getting worse. Efforts were not helping at all. Today it was obvious.
But, how do you gently handle this when it's the girls favorite?
The bird was sick so prepping for dinner was not an option. I had looked for an option for an injection, but we had nothing on hand. We will check with a local vet for a possible option next time. After searching several posts I found this post about using ether. The post uses ceramic figurines in the gentle instructions, but do not go there if you are not comfortable.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/art...-babies.72140/
I quickly remembered that ether used to be use as an anesthetic for surgery. It puts you to sleep, feel no pain, and for this purpose used in excess it will solve the problem painlessly.

There is no good way, but everyone agreed this was the best option today.
You'll find, in the end, that the old methods are actually the most humane. The child's spirit doesn't change over the ages, its been the same since the dawn of pain.

Ether? A friend of mine died from "huffing" Ether...its used to break chemical, or natural leafy crops, into concentrates in a microwave or whatever heating medium. What are you teaching these children...compassion? If nothing else the lungs will constrict, as well as the vessels, heart issues will ensue. The brain will cease to function...just like what would happen to you, a human being. In the oil field they USED to use it to put tires on the rims of big rigs...even they have banned the use of ether (guess why, its not funny). That's no good.

Your best bet is to explain to the kiddos, that death must happen and how you should deal with it personally. Its not easy, I know, trust me. Teach...don't follow.

Allow Nature to take its course...everything dies. This much should be understood. Some of us will suffer, some will not. Its really not our decision. You do not intend to eat this chicken...which is ALSO a matter of life or death.

Cup the poor things head, if you must go out of your way to destroy it, and remove its head at the base of the neck (don't use an axe, use a machete)...nearing the torso. They used to just pick it up by the damned head and whirl it in the air...your choice.

To remove this part of Life (Death), causes children not to value their own lives and I would hope you value their's. Death is essentially important to Life.
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wtf.

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It was an honest question. I thought I read the other day of a chicken having the disease and with Covid's ability to hop species, could have exposed the family. And the OP mentioned that the chicken had some sort of illness.
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The human race hasn't explained that damned anomaly factually yet. Chicken with some sort of bird flu maybe (that one came back to haunt us in the background...don't suppose anyone caught that?). "Culling the flock" is an age old principle as well.
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https://owlcation.com/agriculture/How-To-Kill-A-Chicken

this is the method we use, haven't had a flopping incident in almost a decade
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It was an honest question. I thought I read the other day of a chicken having the disease and with Covid's ability to hop species, could have exposed the family. And the OP mentioned that the chicken had some sort of illness.
I thought it was kind of funny. Along with the response. Humor is nice in a bad situation.

I have shot my sick birds before but the flopping happens. I guess I would call it a learning lesson. I appreciate a quick, quiet end but sometimes the quick is more important. Ether, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide have all been advocated in various articles I have read.
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That was considered, but the flopping about still occurs. It wouldn't bother me, but if the kids figured it out....
I don't have kids and put them down for meat.

I'll put them on their back so their flopping doesn't damage their breast meat. Sometimes I'll stand on a wing til they slow down.

Just sharing, not recommending.

I'm not all touchy feely, but I believe we owe our food humane treatment And a quick dispatch.
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I think “choking your chicken” is a popular method.
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I had a Rhode Island Red rooster that began attacking me when I gathered eggs. I explained to him if he did it again I would shoot him. the next evening he attacked me when I gathered eggs. I walked back to the house, grabbed the 22 mag I kept by the back door and he stopped attacking me. I buried him outside the chicken pen. My grandmother just used an axe.
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