Why would this be on my mind?
Unfortunately when I went to get the eggs today a poor hen bit the dust. This happens. They get old, stress, etc. She looked relatively peaceful.
So I have to play grave-digger and dispose of the body. Technically the hen got a procession as she went in the riding cart to her final resting place.
I then realized I forgot my shovel so I used gloved hands to dig a shallow hole and then I had lots of dirt to cover her up with as I was near the compost pile. It was taking longer than I realized so I thought maybe I'd just step on her to push her down in the hole a little farther as it was taking a lot of dirt to cover her up completely.
Well, as I stepped on her-- do you know what happened? All that air still in her lungs came out and she gave me a last cry.
I of course screamed 10 times longer and louder than her cry and then I busted up laughing.
Now this has to happen with humans as well when handling a deceased individual. A chicken scared me half to death so I have no idea what hearing a human release air from the lungs would do to me. I think I might pass out...
Just know-- if you want to be an animal farmer-- this job just comes along with the package even though you don't realize it.