Yarmouth Veterinary Center

75 Willow Street
Yarmouth , ME 04096




We euthanize birds by first administering a gas general anesthetic by face mask. Within several seconds of having the mask applied the bird is completely asleep and unaware of the euthanasia injection that follows. With the bird is maintained under general anesthesia we administer an injection of the same medication we use to euthanize dogs and cats. This is the most effective and humane euthanasia possible.


Because of how quickly general anesthesia occurs and also because of the safety requirements regarding the use of gas anesthesia we do not allow clients to be present for the anesthesia or euthanasia of birds.


Clients have the options of seeing their chicken after it has passed away, and of taking the remains with them for home burial or of leaving them here. We offer private cremation, with the ashes returned, or non-private cremation, with the ashes not returned.


Chicken owners occasionally ask us how they can euthanize their chicken at home. The best method is cervical dislocation, which is stretching its neck to break the spine and spinal cord. Done properly, this results in immediate death. Hold both feet tightly with one hand. With the other hand, grasp the head like you would firmly grip a small ball, with your thumb behind the comb and your fingers wrapped under the beak. Pull firmly. There is usually several seconds to a minute of vigorous wing flapping following successful dislocation.


Cervical dislocation can also be done with a broomstick. This is demonstrated at about 1 minute of the following video:




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