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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#31  Unread postby TF3 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:14 pm


Just re-reading this thread as I likely need to dispatch a kit in the next day or so.
It is almost 2 weeks old (Holland Lop)~ as it is big (200g) I am thinking I can do a cervical dislocation by hand?
I am really squeamish about banging it on or with something.
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#32  Unread postby EnglishSpot » Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:05 am


Whichever way you do it, we know you did the best you could for that kit. Hugs!!
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#33  Unread postby Susie570 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:55 am


I'm wondering the same, what methods do people use to dispatch kits that are anywhere from newborn to junior size?

One person had suggested whacking the kit against a wall, but yeah, that's probably not one I could do. Cervical dislocation by hand? Whack on the head with a heavy stick? In my case, I'd rather not use a pellet gun because any kit I would dispatch would go for wildlife food.

If they're a month or so old, broomstick?
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#34  Unread postby FourRingCircus » Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:05 am


For NBs, scissors work well (cutting the head off)... nothing is going to be "easy" I don't think, but for me that was the easiest.

Not sure for slightly older kits. Haven't had to cross that bridge yet, but I think I will soon (unfortunately).
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#35  Unread postby HansenHomestead » Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:57 am


This is one thread that I HAVE to read. I've raised meat animals all my life, but could NEVER do the actual dispatching myself. I guess I've never been mentally strong enough to do it, but as time goes on I'm realizing that I WILL HAVE to do it myself at some point. My husband works any where from an 8 hour day to a 14 hour day, and I am the sole care taker of the rabbits, and chickens, and I know at there will come a day where one WILL need to be dispatched while my husband is gone.

We had always had the agreement that I would fully take care of them, cook them when time, but he is the one to dispatch them.

We had an incident about 3 weeks back where I had let the chickens run in the yard, and the neighbors dog had ran into our yard, and started attacking my girls leaving one so badly injured that her intestines were hanging from her side. Thankfully (I guess for me,) my husband pulled up as it happened, and took care of her, but it made me really think that I need to tighten my boot straps, and learn to do it myself.

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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#36  Unread postby Susie570 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:28 pm


Yeah, I have one, nearly 5 week old kit that I need to dispatch, just not sure how to do it.

There is a kit that's always been smaller than the others, it's become really noticeable in the last several days. It's ears aren't even fully lopped and when I was checking it over today, I realized that it has large, hard lumps in its abdomen, like way larger than poop sized lumps. I have no clue what it could be, unless it's guts are all blocked up, but it does seem to be pooping and eating. I just need to figure out a good way and get it done. I'm actually really curious to see what those lumps are, but I don't have any proper tools or space for autopsy, so I'll probably just have to pop it in the freezer for wildlife food.
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#37  Unread postby TF3 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:29 pm


Don't try the cervical dislocation.
With the relative sameness in size between head and body on my guy I couldn't get enough stretch between them to give a proper pull :(
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#38  Unread postby Zinnia » Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:38 pm


I'm sorry TF3 :grouphug:

My husband does the nestling culls for me. He is always so shaken up. There just doesn't seem to be any easy way.

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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#39  Unread postby a7736100 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:03 pm


CO2 inhalation is the most common method of euthanasia used at NIH for mice, rats, guinea pigs and hamsters.

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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#40  Unread postby ladysown » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:17 pm


what I have found works best with kits under the age of six weeks.

First pick what you are going to whack their head on. Make sure you have a clear line of action.
My choice is a cinder brick (the old style, not the modern crumbly kind). Make sure you have a large surface to aim for.

Settle kit in your hand so that you are holding the back end. If they are calm they won't struggle. Usually head up on your chest or however works best.

Then quickly with the desire to have follow through... so kinda like the best pitch you are aiming behind your mark...grab the back end of the kit with the back of the head facing down and whack it down hard.

Once does the trick.

important thing to remember if clear, deliberate follow through.

Keep in mind. what you are doing is MERCY. You are not killing a random animal. You are giving mercy to an animal who needs it.

(unless of course you are just culling for the sake of doing so.. dog/snake/critter food order, over crowding etc) then you just want to be clean and quick.

for older animals, it depends on what your preferred style is.
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#41  Unread postby TF3 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:50 pm


Thanks Zinnia :)
Ladysown, very helpful.. the intent part is the hardest~ even when it is merciful!
Your description is thorough, thanks!

After the dislocation didn't work, I tried the bag/whack and it wasn't precise enough.
Then the hammer. :(
Let's just say that if you want to feel like a monster, that will do it.
But it had to be finished, I would just hate to be that clumsy about it again.

a7736100 wrote:CO2 inhalation is the most common method of euthanasia used at NIH for mice, rats, guinea pigs and hamsters.

I'm not sure, other than a tailpipe, that I have the facilities to do this?
Can you elaborate?
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#42  Unread postby EnglishSpot » Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:44 pm


TF, I'm sorry that went poorly. HUGS!!! It's like the first few times I dispatched a rabbit--there were some mistakes, but I bless them too for giving me a learning experience so that their later fellows don't suffer. Just remember that the kit isn't suffering RIGHT NOW, despite the scene replaying in your head.
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#43  Unread postby TF3 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:14 pm


Yes, that is what I keep telling myself :)
With my anxiety I have to walk through what is real/required~ the kit is not suffering and could not have kept going.
How we got there will help me in the future especially if it happens and I don't have time to think and plan ahead.
I also firmly believe that part of our good stewardship is to give our animals whatever care is needed, however hard we may find it emotionally.
But, man, do I wish there was a way out! (I know my husband couldn't do it!)
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#44  Unread postby ladysown » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:41 pm


do know that there is no shame in finding someone who can do the job for you.

I have a rabbity friend who simply can't and she gifts me rabbits all the time. She can't keep them, I can cull them or sell them or use them or... whatever needs be doing. She simply CAN'T pull it together.

If you have someone who can, utilize them. :)

not saying babies aren't hard... but one must do what one must do. My dad taught me early... cull the weak kittens in a litter. DO IT.. cause it will give the strong kittens a better chance to grow strong and healthy and survive living on a farm. And I learned it was true....I'd rather have three kittens grow strong to adulthood than lose six small, slow ones under a tractor wheel...
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Re: Best, Cleanest, Fastest Dispatch?

Post Number:#45  Unread postby TF3 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:49 pm


I wish I had a you near by ;)
When I ran dog rescue, I had to be the bottom line on these decisions, and as hard as it was, I did choose to euthanize animals (ie aggressive, seriously abused, very aged) because the fact is that resources were very limited, and homes for rescues are finite. And at the end of the day, I'd rather see a healthy, safe animal placed than hold space for an animal with compromised quality of life OR that would be a danger. So I hear you :)
It is just when it comes down to my own two hands. So I'll keep my ears open for a willing volunteer in our area.

(actually, I should touch base with our local dog sled business... I have offered them culls, and they have a 'meat guy' and I bet he would process them if I donated them. It would also be a good opportunity to see if they want to buy meat ;))
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