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One hen died overnight...bury it or wrap and trash it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sleepy71, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Sleepy71

    Sleepy71 In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
    Hi all:

    Yesterday, while letting my bigger girls free range a little before dusk, I noticed one of them wasn't acting right. Just kinda standing there, glassy-eyed and non-responsive. I picked her up to check her out and the only thing I noticed was her butt area was pretty nasty. At one point, she squirted out some very wet/clear poop. I decided to separate her from the other 5 hens, just in case she died, as I didn't want the others to peck/eat her. Well, I just came home for lunch, and she did pass. The others seem to be acting OK. So, my question: Can I just wrap her up and put her out with the trash? I'm not sentimental enough to want to bury a bird, and I figure it's more sanitary to get this off my property. Thoughts?

  2. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

    May 27, 2010
    Reno, Nevada
    you can absolutely trash her.

    Im very sentimental and have buried all of my birds, but i see nothing wrong if you want to put her in the garbage. In fact, in winter i will probably have to do the same when the ground freezes.
  3. cjsgrlsx3

    cjsgrlsx3 Chirping

    Aug 20, 2011
    I am not sure that is legal. You can't do that with cats and dogs so.....honestly save yourself any legal problems and bury it.
  4. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    I would check your local laws first...our city doesn't allow you to put dead animals in the normal trash...they require our citizens to request a sanitation pickup. As a wildlife rehabber, we see lots of animals come in too sick or injured to help. When those die, they go into the burn can so as not to spread disease.
  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I trash mine - I can't keep them in the freezer during winter when the ground is too cold to bury, truthfully
  6. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    bury it or, if you want, put it in the woods and feed some other animal. i do that if i loose one in freezing temps and can't bury it. that way her life won't be wasted. just be sure to walk/drive it far enough away not to attract animals or spread contagion to your coop and make sure it's far from other peoples houses. if you don't live in a rural area, that could be more difficult
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I bury named birds, in a little cemetary section of my property and with some small ceremony and words said to honor them. Well, except for a mean bantam Cochin (go figure, huh? Mean Cochin!?!?) which was sent on his way by shovel, but wrapped and put in the trash.

  8. Sleepy71

    Sleepy71 In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
    Thanks for the input, all. She was double-bagged this evening, ready for Fri morning trash. Whew, that STUNK!!

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