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    humanly euth mice?

    I have some older breeders that have tumors and such. I can't afford to take feeders to the vet and I don't think giving them to the snakes is a good idea. So time to put on the big girl panties. What is the best way to put an adult mouse down without fancy equipment or a vet degree.
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    ..... well..... a pillow case and a flat hard surface are what I use. It ain't pretty, but for something small like a mouse it is fast and I assume fairly painless. For things I can't feed to something, a pellet rifle round to the head is what I prefer, though not everyone has one of those.

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    HUMAN euthanasia at home for rodents means CO2 chamber or cervical dislocation
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    Re: humanly euth mice?

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    HUMAN euthanasia at home for rodents means CO2 chamber or cervical dislocation
    I agree, and PLEASE do NOT slam creatures in a bag on a hard surface. That is not a sure thing & most likely causes a great deal of suffering from injuries-
    an indirect blow that isn't quick or painless.

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    Re: humanly euth mice?

    I read a good thread on here about a cheap diy co2 chamber for rodents and its how i got the basic knowledge to make my own set up for my rodents.
    Here it is if you're interested:
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    Personally, I would feed them to the snakes. I know some people frown on that, but snakes are efficient killers. It's a quick, if not entirely painless death. CO2 may not hurt as much but it usually takes longer.

    If you think about it, everything that dies will eventually decay and return to nature. If you bury your dead mice they will be eaten by whatever happens upon them. I would rather have my favorite mice and rats consumed by my snakes than eaten by worms or wild animals. I like to think they live on in a sense, because they become a part of the snakes that I love.
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    Re: humanly euth mice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smaug View Post
    I have some older breeders that have tumors and such. I can't afford to take feeders to the vet and I don't think giving them to the snakes is a good idea. So time to put on the big girl panties. What is the best way to put an adult mouse down without fancy equipment or a vet degree.
    If they are tumors and not abscesses I would feed them off. Tumors are just extra calories.

    If not: A CO2 paintball tank, universal tank adapter, a steel braided hose and a thick plastic bag work well-without building a fancy death contraption.
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    I would at least try and contact the vet or a local rescue to see if they are willing to help out, especially if there are several that are suffering and needs to be put to sleep. They may offer a discount.

    I understand both arguments of feeding them off or using the CO2 chamber. If they lived this long and helped you produce so much food, if it was me, I would want to give them some peace without the risk of failure and causing further suffering.

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    Re: humanly euth mice?

    Not sure how long mice live. If you have room you could retire them as breeders and just keep them as pets till they die off? I typically just do the whack in the head thing that kills them quickly. I don't think there is a true completely painless way to kill a mouse or rat. I prefer quick over long and drawn out.

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    Someone care to explain cervical dislocation to me? To me, it sounds like a fancy term for a broken neck, which is what typically happens to mice when they impact something at high velocity, such as the pillow case method.

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