Humane Dispatcher of chickens
I'm trying to find a way I can bring myself to kill my own chickens, rather than taking them to my long-suffering neighbor. So far, I've only taken two to him, and gave him one pure-bred bird for breeding. However, I plan to actually get meat chickens and would like to become "independent", or at least strike up a proper business-barter relationship with him.
First of all.....I need the method to be as quick and painless for the bird as possible, and I've researched it.
Secondly.....I need to be able to do it. That's the hardest part.
I've been looking at "humane dispatchers" from the UK, and trying to see if I could actually use it. I cannot bring myself to wring a chicken's neck, slit its throat, or chop it's head off, so now I'm asking myself is driving a spike through it's head, or squeezing the nerves on either side of it's neck any easier for me to do?
I thought maybe I could shoot a bird point-blank, but I only have an ancient S&W. My neighbor assures me that I'll end up shooting myself from bouncing bullets.
If he would only say, I'm going to charge you xyz for killing each chicken, I'd be perfectly happy! Of course, he says, well you help me sell my stuff, and that's what neighbors are for...At the moment, he's killed two birds for me, and I've given him one.
I can do all the plucking and cleaning (which he can't).
First - what has been the easiest method for novices to begin to butcher chickens (relatively painlessly)
Two -- in the HIGHLY likely event that I just can't kill my own chickens, what is a fair trade? e.g. for each X chickens you kill you get one free?