Do you love birds? Have you had one for years and now it dies? If you want to bury that special bird, this article is for you.
Size up the bird. Find a cardboard box of appropriate size that will cover your bird without squashing it. A shoebox, a cereal box or if the bird is small, perhaps a checkbook box or a small box - all these types of boxes will do just fine.
Find a place that you would like to bury the bird. Preferably near a tree or bush.
Take the shovel a dig about 1 or 2 feet down in the dirt. The depth will obviously depend on how large the box is.
Take the box that the bird is in and place it in the hole in the ground. Fill the hole back with dirt and smooth the dirt.
Place a marker on the grave. If you want to, you can put some kind of memento of your bird where it's buried. Some ideas include a rock, a small cross or a bird statue.
Hold a ceremony to say farewell. Let each member of the family say something about the bird. If you would like, you can say a little prayer, chant an incantation, or have a few moments of silence to honor your feathered friend's moments with you. Then you are finished.
If your children are upset that the bird died, explain to them that the bird is in a good place and that dying is a part of life's cycle, one that all living beings face. It may seem difficult, but it is important for children to learn and accept this from an early age.
Don't handle a dead bird with your bare hands. It is best that you use disposable gloves.
If you ever touch a bird, you must wash your hands immediately afterwards.
Check with the local vet, as in some counties and even states it is illegal to bury a pet, even a bird, in your yard.