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Tomorrow morning I will need to cull some of my 6-8ish week old chicks and turkeys to send in for testing.
What is the best way to cause cervical dislocation with out damaging the specimens?
Or is there a better way to cull them for this?
If I have to cull a chick to put it out of it's misery, I always use a shovel, set the chick down on the ground and step on the shovel quickly. The only thing with this method is most time the head comes off.
I want to cause as less damage to the body/head/trachea (incase they need to examine it) as possible. But I also want to cause as quick of a death as possible with out undue suffering.
I read an article that said to put the chicken on the ground put a broom handle across the neck and pull up on the body
another way was to have a broom handle and take the chicken by the neck and snap the body over the handle, both methods quickly break the neck with out any blood or damage to the carcass
Silkie I'm sorry you have to deal with this, hope you get a diagnosis and solution
hello, I have put them into a Zip-lock freezer bag and then into the freezer. A little less damaging but still it takes a some time
If you are sending them to the lab sb its better not to freeze them. If the lab preference hasn't changed since I sent some to the lab about a year ago, they ask that the birds be cooled down (fridge) and then packed with ice packs for shipping. I made sure everything was well wrapped in case of leakage (ewww) a lightweight styrofoam box works well too. You probably know all this stuff but thought I would post just in case. Again, sb sorry that you have to go through all this, but am very proud as a chicken friend that you are doing this responsibly. As for a quick cull that leaves everything intact, the way Debbie described above works very well. :hugzz:
Well, the deed is done.
I don't even like stepping on spiders and beetles because I hate the crunch. It's worse to hold a living life that you have been feeding and caring for in your hands and break it's neck.
I used a broom tick across the back of the neck, held the body and pulled up. I hope I didn't do it wrong. It took some them a few minutes to die. I held onto them as they died, so that they didn't flop around too much. I wasn't sure how hard to pull either.
Only one of the turkeys bled. It had blood come out of it's beak, but the head was still attached.
All this done before 6am. What a way to start the day. I'm off to the bus to send them to Abbodsford.
When I phoned, I was told they wanted freshly dead birds on ice packs. She didn't say to refrigerate them over night... Hope mine are ok.
Crossing my fingers that I've just been stressing for nothing.... Now the waiting begins.
Silkie, you brave woman. You did real good, such a good chicken Mama. I understand that this was not easy to do but, sometimes we have to do things that are real hard and things we don't like to do. I hope the results are good and then this will be behind you. Big hugs being sent to you right now. :hugzz:
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Out of curiosity, what are you getting them tested for?
I'm getting them tested for Mycoplasma... or whatever else they find.
I want to know what I am dealing with.
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These are the posts of my experience back then sb, it looks like the report took 10 days. I remember the waiting was so difficult and then it took me awhile to go over the results and if I remember correctly I ended up phoning and clarifying some of the technical stuff.