Oct 29, 2014

5 Conditions Not Worthy of a Death Sentence: The No-Cull Zone

"Culling" technically means to eliminate or remove from the flock, but the term is often used as a sanitized synonym for "kill." However, for most chicken-keepers, culling is considered the last resort and making a beloved pet the guest of honor at the dinner table, unthinkable.
In the past decade, the popularity of backyard chicken keeping has elevated the status of chickens from expendable, barnyard livestock to valued family pets. Unfortunately, many of the earlier poultry-keeping articles and books were written with livestock in mind; frequently in those writings, culling is the proposed solution for certain injuries, behaviors and physical imperfections. "Culling" technically means to eliminate or remove from the flock, but the term is often used as a sanitized synonym for "kill." However, for most chicken-keepers, culling is considered the last resort and making a beloved pet the guest of honor at the dinner table, unthinkable.
Pet chickens can be rehabilitated when they are injured, can live happy, high-quality lives with certain genetic imperfections and can be wonderful companion animals with the dedication and love of their caretakers.
Culling is a practical solution to "problem livestock" because they are typically butchered and eventually eaten anyway. Committing time and resources to rehabilitating injured or imperfect livestock that costs pennies to replace does not make good economic sense in large poultry operations. Economics and practicality tend not to dictate pet chicken care, however. Pet chickens can be rehabilitated when they are injured, can live happy, high-quality lives with certain genetic imperfections and can be wonderful companion animals with the dedication and love of their caretakers.
There are five commonly cited reasons for culling chickens that are not necessarily a death sentence for pet chickens: spraddle leg, scissor beak, egg-binding, prolapsed vent and egg-eating.
There are five commonly cited reasons for culling chickens that are not necessarily a death sentence for pet chickens: spraddle leg, scissor beak, egg-binding, prolapsed vent and egg-eating. I have had chickens with four out of these five conditions and all of those chickens continue to thrive in my flock. With that said, there are times when any given condition may be so severe as to warrant consideration of euthanasia as the only kind choice. That is a decision that only the pet's caregiver can make.
There are five commonly cited reasons for culling chickens that are not necessarily a death sentence for pet chickens: spraddle leg, scissor beak, egg-binding, prolapsed vent and egg-eating. I have had chickens with four out of these five conditions and all of those chickens continue to thrive in my flock.
1.Spraddle Leg/Splayed Leg
Spraddle leg, also known as "splay leg," is a deformity of the legs characterized by feet pointing to the side instead of forward, making walking difficult, if not impossible. If uncorrected, it can be permanent and a chick can die from the inability to reach food and water without assistance.
Spraddle leg, also known as "splay leg," is a deformity of the legs characterized by feet pointing to the side
A chick can learn to push up, stand and walk correctly within less than a week, often much sooner if treated promptly. The legs must be restricted, braced or "hobbled," to provide stability and allow the chick's bones and muscles to grow and strengthen in the correct position. More on causes, prevention and treatment of spraddle leg and curled toes can be found on my blog here.
Scissor beak aka: crossed beak is a condition in which the top and bottom beaks do not align properly.
2. Scissor Beak/Cross Beak
Scissor beak aka: crossed beak is a condition in which the top and bottom beaks do not align properly. It can be caused by genetics or the bird's inability to maintain the beak’s length and shape by normal honing on rocks or other hard surfaces. Most of these chicks adapt and thrive. However, there are some chicks in which the defect is too severe for them to eat or drink independently, and without assistance they will not survive. Because crossed beaked chickens cannot pick up pieces of food using both halves of their beaks as a utensil, they adapt by scooping food into the bottom half of their beaks. More about scissor beak and accommodations that can be made for pet chickens with this condition can be found on here.

Egg binding (hypocalcaemia) is a serious condition in which an egg gets stuck inside the hen just before release. This condition can be life-threatening when it occurs and a vet should be seen for treatment, if possible. If a visit to the vet isn't an option, at-home measures can be taken, but they are not without risk. This condition can recur and can result in prolapsed vent (see below). More about egg-binding causes, prevention and treatment can be found here.
Prolapse vent, also known as prolapsed oviduct, blow-out, cloacal prolapse or pickout, “is a condition in which the lower part of a hen’s oviduct turns inside out and protrudes through the vent.”
4. Prolapsed Vent/Prolapse Vent/Blow-out/Pick-out
Prolapse vent, also known as prolapsed oviduct, blow-out, cloacal prolapse or pickout, “is a condition in which the lower part of a hen’s oviduct turns inside out and protrudes through the vent.”1 Prolapse is a very serious condition that is treatable if caught early. It is a condition that is likely to recur. The biggest danger to a chicken with prolapse is other chickens picking at the exposed tissue. Repeated picking can result in the chicken’s oviduct and/or intestines being pulled out and eventual death from cannibalism.2
More details about prolapsed vent causes, prevention and treatment can be found on my blog here.
egg-eating is a habit that should be discouraged as soon as possible after discovery. Not only does it reduce the number of eggs available for collection, it is also a habit that is quickly learned by other flock members.
It may come as a surprise to learn that chickens will eat eggs out of the nest boxes, but who can blame them? They’re fresh, tasty and nutritious. However, egg-eating is a habit that should be discouraged as soon as possible after discovery. Not only does it reduce the number of eggs available for collection, it is also a habit that is quickly learned by other flock members. While it's a difficult habit to break, it isn't impossible to overcome with some easily implemented strategies. Egg eating is discussed more fully on in this article on my blog.
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

1 Damerow, Gail (1994). The Chicken Health Handbook. page 53: Storey Publishing.

2 Anatomical illustrations and photo reproduced for educational purposes, courtesy of Jacquie Jacob, Tony Pescatore and Austin Cantor, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Copyright 2011. Educational programs of Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, M. Scott Smith, Director, Land Grant Programs, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Lexington,and Kentucky State University, Frankfort. Copyright 2011 for materials developed by University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. This publication may be reproduced in portions or its entirety for educational and nonprofit purposes only. Permitted users shall give credit to the author(s) and include this copyright notice. Publications are also available on the World Wide Web at www.ca.uky.edu. Issued 02-2011


269 comments :

  1. Cheryl Prehn10/29/14, 8:20 PM

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  3. I'm very lucky, my 4 chicks appear to be healthy :)

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  4. Jennifer Kelly10/29/14, 8:30 PM

    Provided a great deal of important info. Great article

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  5. Amanda Decker10/29/14, 8:33 PM

    So glad "culling" isn't the only solution! My girls are definitely my pets, and they earn their keep better than the dogs!!

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  6. interesting--as usual! Which of the four conditions have shown up in your flock?

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  7. You provided so much great info! Time for me to re-read your great article on treating bumble foot. I have 3 that need treatment. My vet treats chickens but won't provide bumble foot surgery. He hasn't had any good results. He prefers to tx with antibiotics first. What are your thoughts?

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  8. Sally Mills Ross10/29/14, 8:49 PM

    Thanks for the information. Love the articles. My 8 are all healthy!

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  11. Wendy Karcher10/29/14, 8:58 PM

    Great article Kathy. I have a chicken that has badly curled toes on one foot. We got her as an older girl, so early intervention was not an option. Is there a way to fix it in older birds without surgery?

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  12. Linda Lemiere-Zile10/29/14, 9:02 PM

    Yes you shared more info that we need in case this happens to one of our chicken pets. Thanks again for all you share with us!!

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    All your advice is excellent. You don't send me on a wild goose chase! Thank you!!!

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    Very good information, as always. Thanks!

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  19. I agree. I have nurtured a scissor beak, several splay leg chicks and a hen that must have had hypocalcaemia. Some didn't live long but I could not put them down.

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  20. Susan Turner10/29/14, 9:18 PM

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  21. We have a scissor-beaked chicken. She was a Buff Orph chick that the farm store gave us for free. She's my mom's pet and my mom loves her to pieces. She has finally moved outside into her own special run and part of the coop. Mom calls her Buffy, and we love that she's thriving here with good care.

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  22. Not that I am aware of Wendy.

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  23. Jennifer May10/29/14, 9:26 PM

    Great info, I too have had 4 of these conditions and they all are thriving as my pets :)

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    Do you think it's a terribly painful

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  27. You're such a good chicken mother.

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  28. I've had both a scissor beak hen and splay legged chicks. The splay leg can be easily fixed with just a band aid in only a few days time!

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  29. Christina Greutink10/29/14, 9:35 PM

    I rehabbed a rooster with spraddle leg by doing hands on physical therapy, helping him stand and walk and then coaxing him with worms to walk more and more. In time he was able to run after me. He used to run up to the fence when the car drove in , just like the dogs! My sister used to feed him crackers while he sat dreamily in her lap.

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  33. Amy Crawford10/29/14, 9:42 PM

    We had to cull two chickens last week. It was terrible.

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  34. Reading on different sites today so many people disagreeing and actually putting down others openly for "culling". I so appreciate the value you place on your chickens as pets, and give them the benefit of this in every aspect. Happy to hear that you were able to re home the 2 you posted this morning. Thank you Kathy.

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  43. Which one have you not experienced? Is it the prolapsed vent?

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  45. We had a chick that hatched and the mom abandoned it as it could not move, trouble with its legs. I found the chick in the nest box almost dead. Warmed him up and to save him we exercised his little legs by making him a johnny jump up out of one of my husbands socks. Within a week he was fine, and he became the best rooster ever!

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  46. Shannon Berrios10/29/14, 10:05 PM

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  69. Good information! I just watched your YouTube video demonstrating bumble foot surgery... WOW! I have never had the problem. I now have renewed inspiration to avoid it and pray my "kids" never need this surgery... Or any other! Apparently chickens don't have many nerves in their feet? There was a lot of effort to keep things sterile but I didn't hear anything about anesthesia?

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  70. Debbie Barner10/29/14, 11:45 PM

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    Very nice, I hope I never have a case of prolapse. :(

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  79. Carol Ann Jacques10/30/14, 12:17 AM

    Nice article. I have to cull for many reasons as a breeder though my culling involves giving the pullets to friends who cannot have roosters so everyone's happy!

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  80. I am devastated when one of my chickens passes away there is no way I'm going to "cull" them. Like the rest of my pets I wish they would live forever. Fortunately I have not had to make any end of life decisions yet. It's hard when it's my dog and I know it will be equally hard when it's my chicken. Thanks for the great information and the chance to win a great prize.

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    I can't "just cull them all." I owe them. =)

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  92. This info comes at a great time for us. We have a five week old who has a condition similar to spraddle leg, only it showed up at about two weeks. It started with one foot turned out and the other fine and then her second foot turned. She can noble to food and water so I will separate her and keep her as long as possible. Wouldn't you know...she is the sweetest of the group!

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    Would love to win the PDZ - my girls are a stinky bunch!

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  149. Egg binding, was the only one I had heard of. Great information. Thanks.

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  150. Maggie Vansickle10/30/14, 12:47 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this product and would LOVE to win a free bag!

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  151. Hope Bartlett10/30/14, 12:55 PM

    Would be wonderful to have a sweet smelling coop!!!

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  152. I would love some Sweet PDZ!!!

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  153. Margaret Whitaker10/30/14, 1:15 PM

    Living in Oregon this would be great we get a lot of rain this would solve my problem.

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  154. I love the PDZ for my horses and chickens!

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  155. Andy Lanesey10/30/14, 1:38 PM

    Another awesome blog. Thank you

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  156. Sweet PDZ! Shipping is the most expensive aspect of buying this online.
    Cheers, and thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    izzi~avis

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  157. Martha Gillis10/30/14, 1:55 PM

    My 7 are healthy so far, thank goodness. Reading your blog on bumblefoot surgery while I was deciding whether to take the chicken plunge almost made me not! But I'm glad I did.

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  158. Great information, thank you!

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  159. Nicole Harrington Reinard10/30/14, 2:03 PM

    I just got my first chickens and your site has been very helpful!

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  160. Would love to win! Thanks for all your info! You are my go-to source as a new chicken owner! THANK YOU!!!

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  161. Heather Vittini10/30/14, 2:31 PM

    Would love to try this in my coop! =)

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  162. barbara Sherman10/30/14, 3:03 PM

    Would love to win this.

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  163. masloozinit7610/30/14, 3:20 PM

    Would love to win!! Also love this issue, showing you don't have to jump to culling. Thank you!

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  164. Love ALL the information on your site and BLOG! But would love to win some PDZ! LOL!
    <3

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  165. Caitlyn Ralston10/30/14, 3:49 PM

    Great info and a great giveaway! I would love some Sweet PDZ for my coop! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  166. Would love to win

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  167. I believe Valerie might belong to another group?

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  168. I'd love to win some of this. I can't find it in the local Feed store.

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  169. Will the chickens try to eat the sweet pdz? Mine pick at everything!

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  170. I would love to win this for my bantam coops! Thanks for a chance to win it!

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  171. susan ladner10/30/14, 5:15 PM

    Have learned so much from your site. Love all your giveaways too!!

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  172. I have been calling in my area to find a store that carries this product...would love to win some!

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  173. Patty Watson10/30/14, 6:01 PM

    i bought some kind of stuff dont know if i will get it again rose petals i like but i do believe it helped some like when i first put it in the coop but i always try new things

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  174. Will chickens try to eat the sweet pdz? I'm afraid mine will!

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  175. I was just reading your post on PDZ - I had no idea it could be washed! Our local feed store sells powder & pellet form. Is what you're showing the pellet form? I must try that!

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  176. Will chickens try to eat the Sweet PDZ? I'm afraid mine will...

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  177. I was just reading your post about PDZ - I had no idea it could be 'washed' and reused. Is that what is considered "pellet" form? I've only purchased PDZ powder

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  178. I use the sand liter method, their coop definitely could use this added to it!

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  179. Linda Halacy Treadway10/30/14, 8:16 PM

    There is always such good information. Your the best.

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  180. Brandy Keyes10/30/14, 8:45 PM

    This product is wonderful!

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  181. Gail Hanson Marcou10/30/14, 8:51 PM

    Haven't tried this yet but would like some for the winter months!

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  182. Elizabeth Calles10/30/14, 9:01 PM

    Another great giveaway I would love to have!

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  183. They CAN! Sweet PDZ is used as grit and it is perfectly safe to eat.

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  184. CrazyAuntJane10/30/14, 9:49 PM

    I have a favorite pet hen that has a white/yellow discharge. She also seems to have a mild case of the poops! No idea what to do for her. I have been feeding her spoons of greek yoghurt and it seems to help! Any advice??? HELP

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  185. crazychickenlady10/30/14, 9:59 PM

    I hope I win. I love the information on your blog. Thank you

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  186. Bunnie Brand10/30/14, 10:41 PM

    We could use a little freshening up

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