My chickens have CRD. I have made the decision to cull my small flock, which is heartbreaking. We have them for the eggs and for the kids to learn about livestock etc. so it doesn't make sense to hang on to them and watch them cycle through this disease. I also worry about my friends with chickens unwittingly bringing the disease home to their flocks. So, I am going to cull the chickens this weekend. I have 6. Since they have CRD and I have a small lot in the city I am worried about burying them, as the only feasible place is mere feet from the coop. Is this not a worry because the virus needs a live host? I am a little nervous about a mass grave :O We do have a large compost bin that the city comes and empties every week but you can't put plastic in there so we wouldn't be able to wrap the corpses. We also have a garbage bin, so we could wrap them and throw them in there. I don't have freezer space for 6 birds and the next pick up is a week. I also have a feeling it might be illegal to dispose of dead animals in the city garbage? We live in Vancouver BC. I called the city and they said that for $80-100 a bird I could have them cremated but I can't afford that. Anyone have advice? Is it safe to bury them given that I want to get a new flock? As for the coop and run... I am planning to dig out all the bedding and put it in the city compost since it's heated to treat it. I will then lay down sand mixed with lime in the run, then cover that with fresh bedding. I will clear out the coop and bleach everything, then paint the inside everywhere except the linoleum floor. I will bleach it again when it's dry. Then, wait a month before bringing any new birds out. Does that sound like it's enough to ensure that the new flock won't get infected automatically? As for the new flock... I am pretty scarred about this whole horrible experience and refuse to buy adult birds again. I can't imagine trusting anyone. I have been offered some fertile eggs. I assume hatching my own is the safest route for me? thanks very much in advance for any advice you have - plus tips on culling, I've never done it. I'm planning on holding them by their feet, laying a shovel handle across their neck and pulling up to break their neck. Hoping it's the least painful/scary way for them. Thoughts on that?