The Right Way to Dispose Dead Animals on Your Property


Managing dead animals in any settlement has never been easy. The knowledge of how to properly dispose of the dead animal and taking care of it immediately is very important.  Health officials  may discourage people from handling dead animals bare handed because one may be putting their health at risk.  However, for some of the smaller animals that are commonly found on personal property, if proper steps are taken, you can usually do this yourself.   After the animal is picked up, there are some specific things people need to follow.  It is also worth noting that different animals are disposed of differently.  Here we’ve highlighted the most common animals that tend to expire on people’s properties and how to dispose of them the right way.

Disposing a dead bird

The following are some of the ways in which one may dispose a dead bird:

  • Burying.  This has been one of the most common approaches of disposing animals and has been viable so far.  However, you need to check with local authorities to understand the necessary measures required before the burying, especially if the death of the bird was the result of a disease outbreak. One should also ensure that at the site where the animal is being buried, that dogs and the cats cannot access it. One may also decide to bury the bird in a container if they have not bought a pet coffin. After digging a pit and burying the bird, one may decide to place some plants on the ground to mark the location.
  • Flushing the dead bird.  In most cases some animals may not necessarily be buried especially if the bird died extremely young. Flushing the bird in the toilet can serve the purpose of disposing it with the most ease. This serves best especially in areas where there are restrictions on burying.  Just make sure the animal is small enough.
  • Trash disposal.  Garbage collections are also used for the disposal of a dead bird, the bird can be wrapped and then sealed with a trash bag so as to ensure they are disposed at the garbage collection site. Some of the disposal pits can be constructed: this is common especially on large farms and industries where one may construct a disposal pit.
  • Daily pick up of the dead birds.  On large farms and estates this may work out. Huge tracks move from one farm to another or from one estate to another. The tracks tend to have the boxes that are used to carry the dead animals and are offloaded at their areas of disposal. The collection of dead animals from one farm to another can lead to the transmission of diseases but this can be prevented if specific measures are taken.
  • Dead birds may also be treated as food for other animals.

Disposing of dead bunnies

One may find it hard to come to terms with the death of their bunnies. These animals are prone to numerous factors that lead to death but in most cases it’s disease and hopefully old age. When this happens then one may consider the following means of disposing the animal.

  • Burying.  Depending on the size of your rabbit you should choose a suitable locating to bury the animal.  While digging, be cautious to ensure that you do not tamper with underground placed electricity cables and water pipes.  Also, do not bury the animals near water sources or in areas which are likely to flood as this may lead to disease out outbreaks.  After burial, mark the area to discourage scavengers or even plant a tree or bush to mark the point.
  • Incineration. This is a viable alternative that one may use to decompose the dead animals. In most cases some people may find it too hard to bury their bunnies, especially if they were pets.  If this happens to be the case, one may take the remains to an animal shelter where the animals will likely be cremated.
  • Dead bunnies can also be used as food for other animals as a way of disposing them. A farmer for instance may not see the need to bury dead bunnies yet they may have them as food for their dogs. In such a case you need to ensure that the animal did not have a contagious disease and was not treated with drugs and other chemicals before their death.
  • Composting.  This method leaves dead bunnies to decompose, especially in an outdoor farm compost pile. This should be done at least 350 feet from any well or domestic water intake, lake, spring or even river, and also far away from the residential area.

Disposing of dead raccoons

In most cases people view raccoons as pests. While they may be poisoned or trapped, you never know if they will wind up on your property deceased. If you find a raccoon on your property:

  • Burying.  This is not a common method of disposing of a raccoon but it’s perfectly acceptable.
  • Trash disposal.  Garbage collections are also used for the disposal of dead raccoons, usually if other options aren’t available.   Make sure the raccoon is placed in a number of plastic bags or even container and be sure to leave a note for the waste management company.
  • Dead animal removal services.  This is probably the best way.  Raccoons should rarely if ever be handled by you.  Call up the correction sanitation company and they will have referrals or send someone themselves.

Disposing dead mouse and squirrel

Mice and squirrels usually get lumped into the same category when it comes to disposal.   Here are some common methods of disposal.

  • Composting.  If you choose this method, like in other animal cases,  make sure the dead mouse or squirrel is not near any water source or residential home.
  • Trash disposal – same directions as above.
  • In large estates and towns., huge trucks from the city council move from one place to another collecting dead animals together with other garbage. The trucks tend to have boxes that are used to carry the dead animals and are offloaded at their areas of disposal.