what do you do with a dead chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by smom1976, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    My poor chicken died last night and my husband thinks that she might have been sick.. there is a whole thread..

    any way he thinks that we should burn her?

    can you just put her in a bomb fire? would all the remains get burned up?

    someone please help??
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I would imagine if you put her in a very hot fire and burned it for several hours it would all incenerate. If not, tke the bones that are left and bury them. After goin through that fire ther won't be anything harmful left in the way of bacteria.
  3. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    Well, since you're not here in Maine where the ground's frozen already, why not bury the poor bird? Unless you're sure the bird had some illness that will reach epidemic proportions, I wouldn't bother building a funeral pyre.

    I've buried most of my chickens that moved on to the great Free-Range in the sky, whether they were sent on their way by sickness, old-age or raccoon. In the dead of winter, I've composted them.

    Sorry about your bird.

  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I've never gone to the trouble of incenerating any of mine either. The ground is just too hard here now to bury anything though so if I have any pass away I'll have to consider alternatives as well. [​IMG]
  5. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    We burn them. Keeps the other anilmals from digging them up. And if they where sick it does not spread the illness.
  6. m_herrington

    m_herrington Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2008
    I had one get hit by a car a few weeks ago... now their free ranging is much more restricted, but I "buried" it in the dumpster at work.... then I didn't have to worry about anything digging it up and deciding that chicken tastes yummy.
  7. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

    May 17, 2007
    I would do the same as I do for dead cats. Wrap them in a garbage bag and tie it up real good. Then I walk way down the alley and deposit it in a bin.

  8. BethinIrving

    BethinIrving Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2008
    It is my understanding -- and I certainly could be wrong --

    If a bird dies and you don't know why, it can be sent to the State Vet for a free autopsy, and you won't get in trouble. I don't know if they will give you a report, but I'd think they would just in case the health of your other birds was in question and possibly needed some sort of treatment.

    Seems like McMurray Hatchery testified before the Senate or Congress on this type of thing because of the NAIS problems.

    I'd definately contact McMurray and see what they say. I think they are pretty much THE authority on such things.
  9. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    We bring ours to the dump in a few black trash bags, sounds awful, geez !!! We cant burrie them b/c the dogs would have them back here in 2 mins and I cant stand the thought of burning them in our fires !! Just couldn't watch the fire if I knew there was a chicken burning in there.
  10. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Bag them and trash them.

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