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What to do with a dead hen?
Wed 3-Feb-10
6:54 am
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Alas poor Rosie!   Ailing for a while she died yesterday

But what do you do with a dead hen?

Don't want to eat one that died, not supposed to put her in the bin, not a good idea to compost?

Perhaps she should be buried under a tree but then I have no space to plant any more trees

All I can think of at the moment is to feed the foxes, all part of the great circle of life but I'm sure some here would be horrified!

What would you do with a dead hen?

Wed 3-Feb-10
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i have a dustbin type burner, mine end up in there.. but i would prefer to "return it to nature".. the one time i left one out for the foxes... it was still there 4 days later..

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Wed 3-Feb-10
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Sorry to hear of your hen's demise. I would bury it and to ensure something didn't dig it up from a veg/flower plot I would bury it deep. It would then continue on adding to the circle of life.

Wed 3-Feb-10
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We bury ours in the garden.

Thu 4-Feb-10
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Hi, Lovage - sorry to hear of your loss. We too have lost a few over the past five years or so. Some were much loved. Other less so - but they were all pets. Some people who do not keep a few chickens simply cannot understand, and scoff at the concept of a dead chook. They all have a character or personality.

As Fiona said, we dig a hole (grave?) at least one foot deep. It's best not to bury the chick in any kind of bag. Allow nature to take its course. If you have dogs, then it's best to place a stone or some heavy object on top to deter them from digging.

Never knowingly underfed

Thu 4-Feb-10
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Agreed Danny- the big stone also reminds you where not to dig.

I'll just say,Pet Rabbit.MonsterDohRunAway

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 4-Feb-10
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My problem is the garden is so full - there isn't space to bury much at all

I know what you mean about burying in a bag - I once dug up a cat or a rabbit that had been buried in a plastic bag - the stink drove me out the garden!

Thu 4-Feb-10
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There is a Pet Crematorium about 15 miles from us, Lovage. I'm sure it deals in more than just small pets. It must do. It is a pretty large affair.

But it does give me the idea of immolation - a decent bonfire may be an alternative.

Never knowingly underfed

Fri 5-Feb-10
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But don't go throwing yourself on the pyre! Big_Laugh

I'll try that again!

Fri 5-Feb-10
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Oh, TA, i am so glad that I read your entreaty.

But for your timely comment, I could be a cinder (a large one) by now. How can I thank you? Rose

Suggestions on a postcard, please, to  . . . Cheers

Now, getting back to the dead hen issue:

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Sat 6-Feb-10
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You daft ha'porth! Big_Laugh

I'll try that again!

Sat 6-Feb-10
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What a lovely turn of phrase - made me laugh!

Old teachers never die, they just lose their class

Sat 6-Feb-10
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Toffeeapple said:You daft ha'porth! Big_Laugh


Me too, Danast! WellDone

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Sat 6-Feb-10
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Who would have thought a dead hen could run for so long? Four days and she's still on her legs.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sun 7-Feb-10
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KateUK said:Who would have thought a dead hen could run for so long? Four days and she's still on her legs.


surprised nobody has come up with any comic suggestions - do you remember the book '' 101 things to do with a dead Cat'' ??

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