How to kill rabbit babies humanely - Homesteading Today
Homesteading Today

Go Back   Homesteading Today > Livestock Forums > Rabbits


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1  
Old 06/19/09, 04:26 PM
Rabbit Breeder
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sweden
Posts: 44
How to kill rabbit babies humanely

I don't have any problem to put down small newborn rabbit bunnies or to slaughter rabbits. But I have really big problems when I must put down 5-12 weeks rabbits because they are so small but still they are bigger then the newborns. I know that you can hit them in the neck but I'm so afraid that I don't hit them hard enough (one time I was forced to hit several times...).

How can kill 5-12 rabbits humanely??

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06/19/09, 04:48 PM
Beaners's Avatar
Incubator Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Greensburg, PA
Posts: 3,111

That is almost exclusively the age I do. I use the "broomstick" method where you place the broomstick behind the head and step on it while you pull the hind legs up. It was described on the raw dog ranch website but I don't know if the tutorial is still there.

Kayleigh

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06/19/09, 04:53 PM
ladysown's Avatar  
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Huron County, Ontario
Posts: 1,870

That's the method i use as well for the 5-12 week olds. Works quickly, only have to be careful not to pull to hard or the head will pull off (may or may not be a bonus).

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06/19/09, 05:34 PM
Rabbit Breeder
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sweden
Posts: 44
So good, that's the method I use on large rabbits but I thought they would be too small for it.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06/19/09, 07:24 PM
aka avdpas77
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: central Missouri
Posts: 3,335

I guess I am not quite sure about your question. Are you processing these rabbits for meat or do you just want to put them down?

If you want to euthanize a rabbit, not for use as food, put it (them) in a container that has an airtight lid, and spray starting fluid (mostly ether) in it for about 3 seconds, then place the lid on and wait for about an hour. Here in the States, we have 5 gallon plastic buckets that all kinds of things come packaged in and they work well. I suspect you have something similar there.

This will put the rabbits to sleep in a few minutes, but you must leave them in the bucket for a while to compleate the process. You would not want to do this for any animal you were intending to eat.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06/20/09, 09:38 PM
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by o&itw View Post
I guess I am not quite sure about your question. Are you processing these rabbits for meat or do you just want to put them down?

If you want to euthanize a rabbit, not for use as food, put it (them) in a container that has an airtight lid, and spray starting fluid (mostly ether) in it for about 3 seconds, then place the lid on and wait for about an hour. Here in the States, we have 5 gallon plastic buckets that all kinds of things come packaged in and they work well. I suspect you have something similar there.

This will put the rabbits to sleep in a few minutes, but you must leave them in the bucket for a while to compleate the process. You would not want to do this for any animal you were intending to eat.
I am far from an animal rights activist but this is sick!!!! Why not just hit the d--n rabbit in the head and kill it quickly.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06/20/09, 10:44 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 410
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parkboy View Post
I am far from an animal rights activist but this is sick!!!! Why not just hit the d--n rabbit in the head and kill it quickly.

Sick why? As stated the chemical in starting fluid is ether. Ether was used way back to anestisize patients for surgery and for recreation. The reason it is no longer used is if you use too much the patient goes to sleep but never wakes up. Back in the 1800's people would have ether parties. Much is known on the effects of ether on mammals and it is safe to say a rabbit would have close to the same effect we would. They enter a dream state and if they are in any pain it is instantly gone.

Now is this method as fast as a pellet to the brain or a neck break, no but to say it is sick or cruel is blatantly false.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06/20/09, 11:05 PM
Pony's Avatar
Shifting My Paradigm
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: South Central Missouri
Posts: 19,126

Agree with Bamboo. It's neither sick nor inhumane. The animal doesn't suffer, and as long as the person doing the killing isn't bothered by it, then it's all good.

A pellet or neck break is fast, but one has to admit, it is a bit violent. "Going to sleep" is more aesthetically pleasing for many people, especially if the animal is a pet.

__________________
Pony!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06/21/09, 02:42 AM
LFRJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Washington
Posts: 2,786

I think for me, I'll stick to the quick kill method, but will definitely file away the starter fluid idea in the back of my brain for those occasions when I want a low stress method of euthanizing an animal. and they do crop up from time to time.

Two weeks ago, I had a very sick pullete - only a month old. She just kept haning on. We tried antibiotics, sulpha, massaged crop, - anything. Toward the end we were keeping her hydrated with a syringe. She hung on for a week clearly unable to make a u-turn toward good health. Finally she died in my arms. Holding her and keeping her warm as she labored to breath was all the comfort I could give.

It would have been nice to know about the starter fluid method in this case...but only because she was so sick and so stressed that a walk to the wood shed to meet th broom stick seemed cruel.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06/21/09, 09:04 AM
www.ekfelts.com
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: missouri
Posts: 154

i've dispatched litterally hundreds of rabbits over the years. the most efficient and "least" messy is the "quick-dislocation" of the spinal cord right behind the base of the skull. it does require a certain amount of upper body strength to accomplish, but it is very efficient and rapid. i've never favored the "broomstick" method because of the tissue damage to the neck area leaving an unappealing appearance to the consumer.

grumpy

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 06/21/09, 09:38 AM
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bamboorabbit View Post
Sick why? As stated the chemical in starting fluid is ether. Ether was used way back to anestisize patients for surgery and for recreation. The reason it is no longer used is if you use too much the patient goes to sleep but never wakes up. Back in the 1800's people would have ether parties. Much is known on the effects of ether on mammals and it is safe to say a rabbit would have close to the same effect we would. They enter a dream state and if they are in any pain it is instantly gone.

Now is this method as fast as a pellet to the brain or a neck break, no but to say it is sick or cruel is blatantly false.
Anytime you have to wait an hour for something to die when you can kill it instantly is sick. Take a stick hit the d**n thing in the head and be done with it. Why put it in a bucket and close the lid and wait for it to smother to death?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 06/21/09, 09:52 AM
Beaners's Avatar
Incubator Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Greensburg, PA
Posts: 3,111

Parkboy, are you just here to start a fight? The rabbit goes to sleep and doesn't wake up. It is humane. End of story.

Kayleigh

__________________
http://kayleighjeanne.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 06/21/09, 10:00 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 410
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parkboy View Post
Anytime you have to wait an hour for something to die when you can kill it instantly is sick. Take a stick hit the d**n thing in the head and be done with it. Why put it in a bucket and close the lid and wait for it to smother to death?
Parkboy,

Sometimes it is hard for people to put down a beloved pet or a small young animal by whacking it in the head with a stick. The ether is just another less violent handsoff option. You do know that is how humane societies put animals "to sleep". They use Isoflurane which is basically a nonflammable form of ether or some humane societies simply use carbon monoxide to dispatch the animals. Do you think they would do it that way if it is "sick"? With any of those 3 methods the animal quickly becomes unconscious in a painless manner and then death comes.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 06/21/09, 10:04 AM
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bamboorabbit View Post
Parkboy,

Sometimes it is hard for people to put down a beloved pet or a small young animal by whacking it in the head with a stick. The ether is just another less violent handsoff option. You do know that is how humane societies put animals "to sleep". They use Isoflurane which is basically a nonflammable form of ether or some humane societies simply use carbon monoxide to dispatch the animals. Do you think they would do it that way if it is "sick"? With any of those 3 methods the animal quickly becomes unconscious in a painless manner and then death comes.
You do know that when the humane societies put animals to sleep they dont put them in a bucket and close the lid right? NO they dont, after they are asleep they give them another drug that stops there heart not smother them to death in a bucket. But you know what its whatever the next person finds fit for them.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 06/21/09, 10:13 AM
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 119

I don't breed rabbits, I just have them as pets, but I am thankful for this thread. I usually take mine to the vet to be euthanized, and since I lost my job, I won't be able to do that anymore. As a person that suffers from migrane, the idea of physically killing an animal is something I can't do, because I can imagine the pain on impact, should my first attempt fail. I think the ether method is a great alternative. For those who don't want to leave the animal alive for that long, would the rabbit feel any pain if you took the sleeping animal out of the container and then physically finished him/her off?

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 06/21/09, 10:14 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 410
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parkboy View Post
You do know that when the humane societies put animals to sleep they dont put them in a bucket and close the lid right? NO they dont, after they are asleep they give them another drug that stops there heart not smother them to death in a bucket. But you know what its whatever the next person finds fit for them.

From wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_euthanasia

Inhalant (gas) anesthetic
Gas anesthetics such as isoflurane and sevoflurane can be used for euthanasia in very small animals (rodents, small birds, etc.). Animals are placed in sealed chambers where high levels of anesthetic gas are introduced. Death may also be caused by carbon monoxide once unconsciousness has been achieved by inhaled anaesthetic.[5]
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 06/21/09, 10:15 AM
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Niomi View Post
For those who don't want to leave the animal alive for that long, would the rabbit feel any pain if you took the sleeping animal out of the container and then physically finished him/her off?
Now that is a great idea. Remember its not the ether that kills the animal it is the lack of oxygen or smothering that kills the animal.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 06/21/09, 10:16 AM
Beaners's Avatar
Incubator Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Greensburg, PA
Posts: 3,111

My understanding is that they OD, not that they use up all of the oxygen in the bucket.

Kayleigh

__________________
http://kayleighjeanne.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 06/21/09, 10:16 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 410
Quote:
Originally Posted by Niomi View Post
would the rabbit feel any pain if you took the sleeping animal out of the container and then physically finished him/her off?

None and that is a very good idea/alternative.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 06/21/09, 10:18 AM
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by ------s View Post
Parkboy, are you just here to start a fight? The rabbit goes to sleep and doesn't wake up. It is humane. End of story.

Kayleigh
No im not show me somewhere on this board that I have started a fight? I visit this board everyday and show me one time I have started a fight. All I have done is stated my opinion.
__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:44 AM.