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Preparing to cull the boys
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Hi all, I have 2 lads around 18 months old, and I'm preparing to do the deed tomorrow evening. I have one LF and one bantam.



I've been unsuccessful in trying to rehome them, and I'm not wanting anymore chicks, so I've made the decision today to send them to the great chicken run in the sky. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/scared.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Confusedcared:' />



I'm really really upset about it as anyone would be, but want to make sure their end is as quick and painless as possible.



I've never culled any of my flock before, although I was bracing myself to put one of my girls out of her misery last week as some of you may be aware....she was ill and it would have been for humane reasons, although she died before I had to do the awful task.



I feel wretched that I'm going to send my 2 boys to the great beyond through my own choice, but I know that they have had a brilliant life, nevertheless I can't stop crying and beating myself up over it!



Any help/advice would be greatly received.



Thanks guys/gals x
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#2
Lavinia,



It does get much easier as time goes on.

I fully recommend the broomstick method as its quick and painless for them.

wrap them in a towel first to stop the flapping; thats the bit that puts a lump in my throat.

The day after you will feel OK and you will know they were cared for and had a nice life.



Don't balk while doing it. Once you start you must finish or they might suffer and that would be wrong.



Good luck and chin up.

Nico.
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#3
[quote name='Nico' date='11 September 2011 - 04:40 PM' timestamp='1315755602' post='242681']

Lavinia,



It does get much easier as time goes on.

I fully recommend the broomstick method as its quick and painless for them.

wrap them in a towel first to stop the flapping; thats the bit that puts a lump in my throat.

The day after you will feel OK and you will know they were cared for and had a nice life.



Don't balk while doing it. Once you start you must finish or they might suffer and that would be wrong.



Good luck and chin up.

Nico.

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Thanks Nico.



Not looking forward to it, but It's got to be done. I know they've had a fantastic life compared to some. Just hope it's as quick and painless as possible.



Hubby said he would do it before I come home from work to save me the trauma, although it's not a job he's relishing...
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#4
will it save some emotion to take them to the vet to be pts.

I know i can only do day old chicks and not the big ones because of the flapping and just becuase i cannot do it.

have you got a neighbour, local neighbour/farmer etc



you are very brave and good luck
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#5
[quote name='Eileen64' date='11 September 2011 - 08:09 PM' timestamp='1315768143' post='242687']

will it save some emotion to take them to the vet to be pts.

I know i can only do day old chicks and not the big ones because of the flapping and just becuase i cannot do it.

have you got a neighbour, local neighbour/farmer etc



you are very brave and good luck

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Can't even begin to tell you how bad I feel Eileen!



I wish there was an alternative, but they are both very boisterous and treading the girls morning noon and night and they appear to be stressed to the max and showing many 'battle scars', hence me making the 'terrible decision!'



I have a neighbour that keeps poultry on an allotment that can assist hubby if he needs it!



I am such a coward & hate myself for it! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' />
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#6
Braver than me, I always take them to my vet (who's a good poultry man) to be pts. I'd like to think that I could do it in an emergency, but so far mine have been end of life situations that just needed helping quietly on their way. Hope it's not too stressful, and just keep reminding yourself what a brilliant life they've had.
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#7
you are most certainly not a coward
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#8
Thanks ladies for your kind words.



I've been beside myself since I've decided that they have to go, as they're like part of the family.



Why does it have to be so hard?!



Sorry for my upset and that I'm going on....., just feel like I'm a terrible person because of my decision.



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#9
[quote name='Eileen64' date='11 September 2011 - 09:26 PM' timestamp='1315772807' post='242694']

you are most certainly not a coward

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Ditto what Eileen says. I have been very lucky: the chap I bought my first chicks from this year will, for £2, take any boys and will initially try to rehome - he knows a lot more poultry people than I do so has a greater chance. He gives them a couple of weeks, then if he can't rehome, will cull.



I don't feel bad (ok, just a little) but I couldn't do it unless I really had to, and hubby has been shown but I get the feeling he wouldn't really want to, and my feeling is if he doesn't feel happy or comfortable, I'd rather pay someone I know who is.



Good luck x
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#10
A coward would just dump them somewhere and leave them to fend for thereselves! You are doing the brave thing and the correct thing in the circumstances. Good luck and don't think of the negatives, think of the positives, they have had a lovely life and will have a happy end. Billions of chickens every year have a horrible life and a horrible death. x
If they can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love.
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#11
Wish I had someone who could take them away for me, but I'd feel bad even with that!



I know in my heart that I'm doing the right thing, especially when I looked at the girls this afternoon. They're not getting a moments peace, and I'm being cruel to them letting it continue!



I just hope it's over for them quickly and as pain free as it can be. They deserve that at least, and they have had a great life!



I certainly could not just dump them like some people do, and as Chickenmum has mentioned. Now that IS cruel! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' />



Thanks again peeps x
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#12
Its the old saying "dont hatch if you cant despatch", I'm afraid. I doubt

that many people like it and my hub does it for me, although he absolutely hates

it and I said I would do it as I feel I am obliged to, though am not looking

forward to it.



One word on the "PTS" thing - I know many people who have

thought that this is a better solution, but it really isnt - 1. its expensive

but, more importantly, 2. its VERY long winded to try to pts a chicken with an

injection as they have no veins as such that can be found to take the

injection. Therefore, more often than not, the medicine (?) goes into a

cavity and they then have to have 2 or 3 more injections before they actually

die. That would freak me out even more than a quick, clean despatch with

the broomstick method. Hope that helps:unsure:<img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/mellow.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':mellow:' />
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[quote name='Ali's Chooks' date='12 September 2011 - 01:54 PM' timestamp='1315832081' post='242721']

Its the old saying "dont hatch if you cant despatch", I'm afraid. I doubt

that many people like it and my hub does it for me, although he absolutely hates

it and I said I would do it as I feel I am obliged to, though am not looking

forward to it.



One word on the "PTS" thing - I know many people who have

thought that this is a better solution, but it really isnt - 1. its expensive

but, more importantly, 2. its VERY long winded to try to pts a chicken with an

injection as they have no veins as such that can be found to take the

injection. Therefore, more often than not, the medicine (?) goes into a

cavity and they then have to have 2 or 3 more injections before they actually

die. That would freak me out even more than a quick, clean despatch with

the broomstick method. Hope that helps:unsure:<img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/mellow.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':mellow:' />

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Hubby has found a lovely new home for the boys, with plenty of room & no other cockerals!



He decided to give it one last shot & one of his work colleagues' Dad has taken them for his allotment!



I am a very happy bunny knowing they will be well cared for.



Thank you one and all for your kind words and supportive comments x



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