April 20, 2009 at 8:15 am #387504
However DH had to put a little hood on the chicken so it wasn’t looking at him
Oh bless his tender heart Margo. :hug: Actually, that’s not a bad idea. 😆April 20, 2009 at 9:18 am #387505
:rip: when I first left home I accidently bought an undrawn chook from the butcher.
I think it took me about 2 hours before I could convince myself it was clean inside. Then I took it nextdoor and asked the (unknown) neighbour what she thought:rol:
She peered inside, gave me a ‘where did they get this one from’ look and said it looked fine to her:lol: I think she thought I’d escaped from somewhere!April 20, 2009 at 9:56 am #387506
Too gorgeous a story Marigold!
One of our chooks wasn’t well a couple of months ago and my DH was too … sqeamish! … to take her out of her misery (one of our better layers too, darnit).
My grandad tought me how to chop its head off and pluck/gut etc but my DH has a nasty habit of leaving my tools out in the rain, wherever he finishes using them, and it was blunt. Of course, DH also lost the sharpening tools. So we tried the broomstick method.
Unfortunately my upper-body strength is non-existant (I can’t start lawnmowers either) and that didn’t work. DH had a try and that didn’t work, I ended up putting a brick on its neck and kicking it. At least I held the chook upside down for a little bit first to calm her and send her to sleep.
Top on my list is a new axe … or more likely a hatchet I think.April 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm #387507
The broomstick method, with practice, is very quick and effective, but it does need enough strength to, say, pull a tough weed.
I should have mentioned that in the how-to.
When I was trying to learn the best way to kill with an axe, I tested it out on bought chicken necks first to get the right swing and aim. More than anything I wanted to be sure I didn’t put the chook through prolonged misery (it was a young half blind cockerel I was very attached to, but the neighbours had put in a Council complaint). But on the day, with best of intentions, I still managed to miss.
These days I make my apologies/thanks to the chicken beforehand, then focus on the job so that my feelings don’t make a mess of it. :shy:April 20, 2009 at 11:42 pm #387508
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Just wanted to wish you luck for today:hug:July 18, 2009 at 5:43 am #387509
I think I have a very good method, hold chook upside down by the legs, let it chill out/go to sleep, then lower and put the head/neck under a metal bar (preferably not wooden unless very strong as it might break), then trap it under using the feet and very quickly pull up to break the neck, sometimes the head comes off but that’s OK, at least you know for sure…..
Hope that helps.
Bumping for Humbug. 😉
This was for the prolapsed chicken. So I lay the chicken on the grass and put the metal bar over it’s neck, covered it’s little face to save my feelings, stood on the bar with one foot either side of her head while simultaneously pulling her legs upwards.July 18, 2009 at 6:06 am #387510
JUst got back from Humbugs 🙂 … Old School Axe was the method of the day …July 18, 2009 at 7:01 am #387511
Yep, that works Dan. 🙂July 18, 2009 at 7:20 am #387512
practicing on chook necks first is a good idea, chooken. one of our girls is very sick (i’m thinking tumors, she’s been laying devon-like masses, and can hardly walk. her crop is large and soft though, but her food intake is limited. she has had a few good -as in good quality – meals before we have to do the deed though). amid lots of tears today, we bought an axe and i fear dh will have to do the deed soon. hopefully she’ll pass over tonight and that will be as gentle as dying can be.
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