Most appropriate way to dispose of a dead chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by emmak, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. emmak

    emmak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    North Central Texas
    My sweet pullet is about to die. I'm wondering what most of you do with a dead chicken. I know we all have to deal with it sometimes. I live in a suburban area. Thanks
  2. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    It might sound callous, but wrap well in several plastic grocery bags, then in a plastic trash bag. If it will be several days before trash pick up, or if you have varmit problems raiding the garbage can, you might want to place it in the freezer. Freezing it it will prevent it from becoming smelly. That being said, I am sorry that your pullet is dying. It is never easy to watch an animal get sick and die.
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I agree with Baymule. The simplest way is to wrap the bird in a garbage bag and just throw it away.

    Burying as another option as long as you don't have predators that will dig it up. Most of my pet birds from my layer flock that pass end up buried in my garden.

    Another option is to dispose of in a fire. They burn up quick and don't smell if the fire is hot enough.

    Sorry about your bird.
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I bury pets and all chicks. We have a pet graveyard out near the coop. I usually place bricks over the grave for a while, but we've not had anything attempt to dig them back up.

    Anything that isn't as special to qualify as "pet status" (for example roosters destined for the pot that don't make it to the table) is usually "fed" to the scavengers.
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Compost it or bury it.
  6. mburpo

    mburpo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2010
    Paragon, IN
    Easiest for me is burning in the trash barrels.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    We burned the last one in a small fire pit on the property, but we are also very rural, so that may not be an option for you unless you do have a burn barrel.
  8. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    We burn them too. Sorry about your loss.
  9. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:That's what I do too. No muss. No fuss.
  10. emmak

    emmak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    North Central Texas
    Thanks so much, folks, for your responses and caring. She passed during the night.

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