Disposing of the deceased

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dbjay417, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. dbjay417

    dbjay417 Songster

    Dec 14, 2007
    Chickens are pretty resiliant animals for somethings and extremely fragile for others, especially chicks. I woke up to a dead chick this morning. I promptly picked out a spot under a tree and buried it about 1ft deep.

    I'm just wondering how others deal with carcass disposal when that unfortunate circumstance rears its ugly head.

    I've never been able to throw animals in the trash. Judeo-Christian religions tend to teach that animals don't have souls, but my personal beliefs differ, and so i always give them a decent burial. I tried dumping animals down an old latrine or just tossing them into the tall grass, and it just never seems right to me and depending on the size of the animal it smells like heck.
  2. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    You had to bring the religion thing into it huh? [​IMG]

    I'm a Christian and bury my dead, human or not!

  3. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Songster

    Jun 27, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Being an avid animal lover I do not beleive in thowing them in the garbage. We have a ritual we do.

    We wrap the animal in a plastic bag then we bury them 2 to 3 feet deep as we do not want anything to dig them up.

    We then place a marker and or a cross over the grave.

    We have a small area that we bury all our deceased pets in.

    I am a beleiver that all lives either human or animal the souls go back to the maker.
  4. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    when i have chicks in the spring, And one pass's i take post hole diggers and di a 6 inch hole. Its easy and i do it in the woods.But when i had lots of chickens poor at one time , I just tossed them into a hole and put a little dirt on them,like a mass grave.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Dispose of the poor little things whichever way makes you feel best about it, I say.
  6. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    I always find a nice spot where they will not be bothered and bury them, I normally plant flowers or a bush or something on/near them also ( just to remember where they are LOL )

  7. dbjay417

    dbjay417 Songster

    Dec 14, 2007
    Religion and death are pretty much linked at the hip especially when it comes to burial rites etc. i couldn't see how i could ask about disposing of the dead without bringing religion into it. Sorry if you feel it was unnecessary.
  8. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Cats are buried under beds of flowers, so the flowers can be moved if we move to a new house.

    The hamsters we had are buried in the woods, under a cairn of stones. No markers, but also not easy for the neighbohood critters to dig up. If we lose a chicken we've already agreed to the woods cairn idea for peep burial. But luckily we've not had to do that!
  9. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    I know this sound harsh but all of my burried dead has been dug up, even are dog who was burried at least 4ft deep. I know just walk them far away from the chickens into the woods and place them on the ground. I pray that in the chicken's death it will save another animal from hunger.
  10. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2007

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