Why Euthanize

When an animal has lost its’ ability to sustain a standard of life conducive to its’ own well-being and the continuation of life only leads to more suffering, euthanasia is the necessary choice.


KED aka Koechner Euthanizing Devices are tools developed for mechanical cervical dislocation for use in separating the skull from the vertebrae for various sizes of poultry. These tools are very effective and humane. When used properly they will last for years.


The KED-C is excellent for chickens, layers, ducks of all sizes and turkey hens. It has a fifteen in handle.

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The KED-T has the same size head but with 40 inch handles for better leverage. It can euthanize large turkeys. For a small person the extra leverage makes the task easier on bigger size bird.

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The KED-TXL has an overall length of 44 inch and a 15% larger head with gear for use on birds over 65 pounds.

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The KED-S is similar to a scissor. It works well on young poultry up to 2 weeks of age. It has be used on older chickens, but we do not know how durable the device would be if used on older birds for a prolonged period. KED-S, Scissors for birds up to 4 pounds

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Using The Stand

When alone the stand will help position the tool in the proper place to be most effective.

It is important to be perpendicular to the skull.

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How To Use The KED

Any bird that is unable to walk to feed and water and is being picked on by other birds, should be removed from the flock and euthanized without delay.
Directions for euthanasia using Koechner’s Euthanizing Device:

Make a determination if euthanasia is necessary and remove the bird from the flock.
Bind the legs and lay the birds on its breast with back to the sky. Approach bird with KED quietly.
Slip the open jaws of the KED around the neck of the bird without touching the bird. The side with the double angle should be under the cheek of the bird in the part of the neck covered with feather and the single side blade should be positioned straight up from the top of the neck at the base of the skull.
Ease the jaws close until the blades are in light contact with the bird.
When the single blade is directly upon the base of the top of the neck and perpendicular to the head, quickly bring the handles together until a “pop” is felt; meaning that the neck has been dislocated.
Remove the jaws from around the bird’s neck and step back from the bird.
Confirm that the bird is completely dead before moving the bird towards final disposal.

Cervical Dislocation

• Cervical dislocation is an accepted method by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
• Minimal training needed to perform proper euthanizing technique and has unfailing, irreversible results
• Designed to promote minimal distress on birds and the person administrating or observing
• Sleek design for easy cleaning and sanitation
• U.S. Patent No. 8,152,605