How to kill rabbit babies humanely

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  1. Galfvensjö

    Galfvensjö Rabbit Breeder

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    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??
     
  2. Beaners

    Beaners Incubator Addict

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    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
     

  3. ladysown

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    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).
     
  4. Galfvensjö

    Galfvensjö Rabbit Breeder

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    :) So good, that's the method I use on large rabbits but I thought they would be too small for it.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  10. grumpy

    grumpy www.ekfelts.com

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    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.

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    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?
     
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    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
     
  13. Bamboorabbit

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    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]
     
  17. Parkboy

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    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.
     
  18. Beaners

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

    Kayleigh
     
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    None and that is a very good idea/alternative.
     
  20. Parkboy

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    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.