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What to do with a dead pigeon?

31 August 2013 23:12:40

Okay, there is a certain logic to this.  Birds are living creatures; they fly around in the sky; at some point, they die.  So if they die whilst flying around, presumably they fall to the ground.  Mind you, considering there are so many birds and my forty odd years, I would have expected to have seen at least one bird fall dead from the sky, similar to a kamikaze pilot prior to impact.   Maybe they don't die whilst flying???

Regardless, upon death and falling to the ground, there are several landing places.  For example, in a field, where no-one notices and no-one cares.  Or on the road, where people notice but no-one cares; in fact, some people take pleasure from driving over the deceased birds.  Or in a garden, or, being very specific about it, in a container, in the front garden, only a few feet from the front door.  Clearly, their remains are noticed; clearly the gardener cares, if for no other reason than the fact that several plants in the container have been damaged by the impact. 

So the question remains - what to do with a dead pigeon?  Immediately digging a grave can be ruled out because the borders are full and to go digging would mean climbing over some lovely plants at the front to reach the back, as a potential burial site, causing damage to the lovely plants as you go. 

The remaining options are (i) black bin which goes to land-fill; collected every week?  Or (ii) brown bin which goes to make compost; collected every two weeks?  If we go with the brown bin option, then the next question is will the odur be too overpowering during those two weeks? 

Any ideas anyone?

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DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 31 August 2013 23:29:28

Nature will recycle. Leave it for a fox. Works here in the countryside and Iam sure the Urban areas are no different !

andyf7 andyf7 31 August 2013 23:44:04

totally agree with the above, in the past i did this so many times, its just a bunch of feathers the next day, nature really does recycle and reuse.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 September 2013 06:50:42

Just shove him into a dark corner and let nature take its course. No smell then. :)  What a pity, though.

MaryJoe MaryJoe 02 September 2013 11:07:03

My bird feeder is attracting a black cat who regularly sits and waits for a victim, usually a pigeon who can't get off the ground fast enough!   I have found pigeons in various stages of decomposition in the garden this summer but after a few days all that is left are a few feathers.  What the cat won't eat the fox devours!


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