Whether your pet bird died or you found a dead bird in the backyard, you may be wondering how to bury it. Doing so is an easy task, as well as being a ceremony that will help him get over his death. You can even hold a wake or honor him in other ways.
Part 1 of 3: Burying the Bird
Step 1. Choose a location
In most cases, it is possible to bury your bird within the boundaries of your property without too many problems. Laws regarding this type of procedure vary by location, so it may be a good idea to check with your local authorities to see if there are any laws regarding the burial of animals.
- Avoid burying birds or any other animal in the same place as crops.
- In some places there may be restrictions related to the practice of burying animals, depending on the level of the water table in the area. Inquire about this issue with the region's environmental conservation department.
- If you have cats or dogs, it is recommended to bury them in an area to which they do not have access: in this way, preventing them from digging up the bird.
Step 2. Decide whether to bury the bird in a container
This is optional. If you decide to place the bird in a container, it must not be made of potentially toxic materials.
- In most cases, coffins are used for the burial of pets for sentimental reasons, so it will depend solely on your choice.
- Do not bury anything that is made of plastic. If you transported the bird to the burial site in a plastic container, do not bury it with the bird. Place the bird in the pit carefully while holding the sides of the container, cover the pit, and dispose of the container in the trash.
Step 3. Protect the grave
It is generally recommended to dig a hole at least 60 cm deep. The deeper the pit, the less likely an animal will dig up the bird. After placing it in the grave, cover it with the earth you had dug.
It might also be a good idea to block the site with stones or pavement, thus preventing scavengers from approaching the grave
Part 2 of 3: Honoring the Bird
Step 1. Decorate the bird's grave
If you like, you can decorate it with an ornament or some kind of keepsake. The decoration can be simple or elaborate, depending on what you prefer.
- One option is to simply decorate the grave with a stone so that people know where the location is.
- If you want to do something more elaborate, one option is to create a custom headstone. You can make one using wood, writing on it with ink or a marker to include any message you want.
- You can also buy a set of stones for a walkway. Decorate one of the stones and, if you wish, write the bird's name on it.
- Placing a bird statue in the grave is another way to pay homage.
Step 2. Plant something in the grave
If you don't want to put decorations on the grave but still want to honor the bird in some way, you can grow a beautiful plant there.
- Try to choose a plant that resists the amount of sun in the place.
- Grow a perennial plant if you want it to remain in place every year.
- Don't forget to take care of the plant so that it blooms.
Step 3. Perform a farewell ceremony
Holding a simple wake can help you say goodbye to the animal and alleviate feelings of loss. The style of the ceremony is up to you.
- During the ceremony, allow each family member to say something about the bird.
- If desired, say a short prayer or sing to him.
- Also, ask for a moment of silence in honor of your deceased partner.
Part 3 of 3: Preventing Illness
Step 1. Avoid touching the bird with bare hands
Regardless of whether you are burying a domesticated bird or not, it is recommended not to touch it directly with your hands. Maybe he died of a communicable disease, so be careful.
- If possible, wear disposable gloves. Throw them away as soon as you finish handling the bird.
- If you cannot wear disposable gloves, protect your hands with washable gloves or a piece of disposable plastic (for example, a plastic bag).
Step 2. Wash your hands afterwards
After handling the bird, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly to avoid any germs it may have come into contact with.
- Disinfect any surface in the house that has been touched by the bird.
- If the bird has touched your clothes, wash them in the washing machine using hot water.
Step 3. Assess whether the bird should be examined
It's usually okay to bury a bird on your property without reporting it. However, depending on the country and local laws, the government requires residents to report bird deaths, especially if there is an epidemic in the area. If you are unsure about this, please do not hesitate to contact your region's public health department.
If you notice an unusual amount of dead birds in the area, it might be a good idea to make a report
- If the ground you are going to bury the bird in is very frozen, you can keep the bird in the freezer until the ground is warm enough for burial (remembering to wrap the bird well so that it does not come in contact with no food). In addition, you can take the bird to the vet to have it cremated or buried in an animal cemetery.
- If you think you can't bury a dead bird, it's perfectly acceptable to wrap it in plastic and dispose of it with the garbage.