Hi, everyone... I need some advice on a sad topic.

My cockatiel was a terribly sweet little bird, and, after 16 years, its very strange not to have her around anymore. I just don't want to put her in some cemetary. I'd like to bury her among the pines in my yard, but, I'm afraid that some critter will try to get at her. I have a nice metal box that's the right size for her, long tail feathers and all. I guess I'm just trying to find the best way to take care of her, and am hoping that someone may have some suggestions from experience.

Thanks...
...jones
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Hi, everyone... I need some advice on a sad topic. My cockatiel was a terribly sweet little bird, and, after ... best way to take care of her, and am hoping that someone may have some suggestions from experience. Thanks... ...jones

First of all, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I dread the day I have to say goodbye to our two tiels, even though they're sometimes so noisy I wanna kill 'em. :-)
But the natural (and IMO right) thing to do here would be to let the critters have the body. I mean, what's your point here? If you want some kind of memorial, that's great, go ahead and build one, but the body itself is just a carcass now. Is there a reason to save it for anything? Maybe you believe in avian resurrection?

Please don't misunderstand, I'm not trying to be insensitive. I'm just curious what your reasoning is.
Rick
Would you consider getting her cremated? There are some places that will cremate pets for you and put them in a special urn that you can bury in the back yard. So sorry for your loss, I can not even imagine.

NaDeana
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Hi, everyone... I need some advice on a sad topic. My cockatiel was a terribly sweet little bird, and, after ... best way to take care of her, and am hoping that someone may have some suggestions from experience. Thanks... ...jones

If I were you I'd call around to some of your local vets and see about having her cremated. My step-mother does that with all of her pets when they pass.

DC
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Hi, everyone... I need some advice on a sad topic. ... that someone may have some suggestions from experience. Thanks... ...jones

First of all, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I dread the day I have to say goodbye to ... in avian resurrection? Please don't misunderstand, I'm not trying to be insensitive. I'm just curious what your reasoning is. Rick

NOT trying to be insensitive??? It sure as hell as IF you're not going overboard in the sensitivity department. Let the "critters" have the body??? I suppose then when you pass away you'd wouldn't mind if your family "just" let the "critters" have the body. . .
I too recently lost a 'tiel after 11 yrs and when I took his body to the vets to get a necropsy done I was devastated when I found out that that office had just "tossed" his little body in with a bunch of other animals and cremated him. And that they NEVER gave me the option of taking his body home, or having him cremated so that I could put his ashes in an urn.
DC
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I'd like to bury her among the pines in my
yard, but, I'm afraid that some critter will try to get at her. I have a nice metal box that's the right size for her, long tail feathers and all. I guess I'm just trying to find the best way to take care of her, and am hoping that someone may have some suggestions from experience.

I have buried 3 birdies in the past 2 years. Each occasion was very sad. Emotion: sad I'm sorry for your loss.
I put each of mine in a place in our yard that was significant...in the flower bed under the window where she perched during the day; another in the bed next to the bench where I like to read because he liked to be around me.. I just felt that they should become part of the earth and nourish the beautiful flowers that bloom there every summer. We've had no problem with critters digging them up. We did bury them quite deeply.
You need to do what feels right for you. Good luck. Becky
First of all, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. ... to be insensitive. I'm just curious what your reasoning is.

NOT trying to be insensitive??? It sure as hell as IF you're not going overboard in the sensitivity department. Let ... then when you pass away you'd wouldn't mind if your family "just" let the "critters" have the body. . .

I'd be thrilled. We spend a lifetime eating them, don't we? The least we can do is give a little something back after we're gone.
I too recently lost a 'tiel after 11 yrs and when I took his body to the vets to get ... option of taking his body home, or having him cremated so that I could put his ashes in an urn.

Well it really stinks that you weren't given any options, although I still don't see the point in doting over a dead body. All you're doing is delaying the inevitable. If not you, then either your kids or their kids, or someone else would have eventually tossed your urn in the trash.
Rick
I'm sorry about your bird. It took me months to recover when I lost my cocker spaniel a couple of years ago!
We cremated her. If this is your choice, I would strongly urge you to ask the vet to put your 'tiel into a nice urn or bring a toy you would like to bury her in. My dog came in a box. When I opened the box, I saw the word Ziplock, and then my little dog's ashes inside, and my heart broke (again). ~Kimberlee
Hi, everyone... I need some advice on a sad topic. My cockatiel was a terribly sweet little bird, and, after 16 years, its very strange not to have her around anymore. I just don't want to put her in some cemetary. I'd like to bury her among the pines in my yard, but, I'm afraid that some critter will try to get at her. I have a nice metal box that's the right size for her, long tail feathers and all. I guess I'm just trying to find the best way to take care of her, and am hoping that someone may have some suggestions from experience. Thanks...
...jones
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I put each of mine in a place in our yard that was significant...in the flower bed under the window ... We did bury them quite deeply. You need to do what feels right for you. Good luck. Becky

I second this advice. if you dig a hole 8" to 12" deep it should be left alone. Also, you could bury a sheet of chicken wire at about 2" to 3" over the coffin which should deter most digging animals. I would also suggest a more biodegradable vessel, like a brown cardboard box or a burlap wrapping so that nature can more easily take its course. My heartfelt sympathies on your loss.
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