Disposing of Dead Birds

Small and Backyard Flocks May 05, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Written by: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky

It is inevitable that birds will die. If you have a small flock and only one or two dead birds to dispose of, the simplest thing to do is to double wrap the carcasses in plastic bags and place them in the garbage. If you have a larger flock and must dispose of dead birds more frequently, you can use commercial methods of disposal such as incineration, rendering, and composting. Incineration and rendering are not cost-effective with smaller flocks. Composting is the most cost-effective method of commercial disposal available for birds from a small flock. For more information about composting, see "Composting Dead Birds."

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.