When A Chicken Dies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by EggHappy, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. EggHappy

    EggHappy Out Of The Brooder

    Sorry if this is a silly line of questioning, or if this is duplicating a thread that might already exist. Inquiring minds want to know!

    I'm still researching chicken raising, but have to wonder what you folks do when one of your chickens dies. I mean, do you eat it, bury it, set it out for predators, or what?

    I know that I personally would not be able to eat my own chicken. I've already decided that when the time comes, I will donate mine to the wildlife rehabber group I volunteer with because I'm sure the hawks/owls will consume them.

    I've also got to wonder, do you have to determine the cause of death before knowing a dead chicken is safe for consumption?
  2. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    I buried my chick that died.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    double plastic sack and into the dumpster.
  4. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    I buried mine, too, under the tree where she used to like to dirt bathe.
  5. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2008
    Strawberry fields.
    All of our chickens were pets and supplied us with food, so we bury them if they die. Most of the time the fox catches them, so sometimes we just move along.
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    When a chicken dies~
    I only experienced this once. one of my white Cochin's flew directly into the wall and broke its neck. Luckily my papa was over (he is such a lifesaver) . He took it home with him 7 buried it. At least that's what he told me.
    Never eat a bird that dies. Either it died of disease worms parasites
    If killed bye a predator they could have rabies
    And if killed bye natural causes they probably way to rubbery to eat anyways.
  7. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    I wouldn't leave it out for the predators as that might "invite" them for more. I wouldn't eat it either as I don't know the cause of death.
  8. Barred Rocker

    Barred Rocker cracked egg

    Jul 15, 2009
    King and Queen Co, Va
    If you don't know how it died, you definitely don't want to eat it. Leaving it out for predators will invite more predators to go after your live chickens. I just dig a 2' - 3' hole and bury them. I just had to do that last week. One of my Buff Orpingtons died of unknown causes however I believe it was genetic because she never looked quite normal.
  9. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine get burried when they pass on. It's a simple comfort knowing that at least some part of them resides here forever. [​IMG]
  10. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    I saw a dog kill one by breaking its neck. Since it was whole, I ate that one. But others, especially those killed by hawks, are torn up and beyond salvaging. Further, if it is summer, and you are not right there after the kill to get the bird dressed quickly, it will be covered quickly with flies. I usually put them in a garbage bag and into the garbage. But I know my dog would dig up any chicken I tried to bury.

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