Friday, April 5, 2013

The chicken graveyard

We have a chicken graveyard. There are probably about 6 chickens in it. Polly is buried by the Shed, everyone else is in the graveyard. Polly was the first one to die, she was a guinea. It was really cold out, the ground was frozen and that was the only place we could break through. About a year later when a rooster died we put him in the woods. After that we just put everyone beside him....and now we have a little chicken graveyard. Complete with flowers. 



Is that pushing it a bit? My mom gave me a pot of bulbs that were past bloom and I put them next to Snowballs stone. They bloom every year to remind me that Summer is coming. Unfortunately we need to dig there again. Pebbles just died. She was quite a few years old and died in her sleep. Its just a part of chicken keeping I suppose. Though this does bring me to the question: do you have a chicken graveyard too?


~L 

7 comments:

  1. I don't think it's pushing it- I actually think it's very sweet and loving:)

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes I think I go a little too far, but many of our chickens are more like pets then livestock.

      ~L

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  2. I think that is wonderful. We have a graveyard of sorts as well and have stones arranged around it. It's in the woods so I haven't planted any flowers yet, but I think I should :)

    So sorry about Pebbles. Losing chickens is such a hard part of keeping them.

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    1. Thank you! I think I want to pick up some bulbs for the new grave also. You should definitely plant some! It's a sweet reminder to see the splash of color in the woods.

      ~L

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  3. We had a graveyard when we started the farm. The first ducks to die went in there and even got headstones. But as the farm grew, and the accidents, injuries, and old age deaths with chicks, chickens, ducks, and guineas increased, we got tired of burying everything and the kids didn't need the kind of ceremony that entailed any more. So now we only have a graveyard for the dogs that have passed on from old age. And we have bulbs and perennials planted there, too. Kind of a nice reminder of the pets that have traveled through our lives with us. Stevie@ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com

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  4. We don't have chickens yet, but we have our pet graveyard in the back corner of our backyard. My son's hamster, who was almost four years old when she died, resides there. We also had to bury a kitten we very much cherished who died from distemper. I went to our local dollar store and bought two wooden crosses and put them on the fence above the graves. I think having animals is such an important part of growing up. They teach children responsibility and (usually) give back unconditional love, but most of all they teach compassion. I think some type of a memorial for our departed furry or feathered friends is so important for children to be involved, as the final lesson learned, of course, is that everything eventually dies. Not the happiest lesson, but one that must be learned nonetheless.

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  5. We have lost only one hen so far and someone told us that putting the carcass into the septic tank would help with the culture. I so wish that I had intervened and had my husband bury her in the bush instead. From now on I will create a lovely chicken cemetery like yours. And I think planting the bulbs is a very sweet idea.

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