What to do with a dead chicken? (aka, R.I.P. Fluffy)
After playing a game of Sorry, my 6 year-old looked out in the backyard and exclaimed "Daddy, look at the rainbow!".
It was a nice moment. A beatuiful full-arc rainbow stretched across the distant hills. I smiled, and then wondered:
Is that a hawk in our yard?
Sure enough it was. A massive red-tailed hawk.
Lucky me. Two wonders of nature to observe at the same moment. But then I wondered:
Why is that hawk in our yard?
Sure enough. Our small flock of chickens is now one smaller. Poor Fluffy. I hope it was over quickly for her.
So my question is: does anyone have advice for how best to dispose of a dead chicken? I was thinking about simply digging a hole and burying her. Or more gruesomely, just letting nature take its course and let the carrion-feeders do their thing.
But the little amount I've read online seems to indicate that if you let the local wildlife eat the carcass, their demand for freshly-slaughtered chicken grows.
So, the current plan is to just double-bag her and inelegantly send her off on trash collection day.
But if there are better ideas, I'm open to them.
R.I.P. Fluffy. You were a good chicken to us.