Isn't there a reason dogs bury bones besides food preservation and hiding it? I thought it might have something to do with the soil breaking down the bones in a way that helps dogs digest the bones or eat them how it was intended. I think the Earth helps with a portion of the digestion process and probably changes the chemistry of the bone a bit. Similar to how a squirrel buries nuts and comes back for some of them and some of them grown into trees.
I live on a big farm and I kid you not they have a slop bucket. Luckily, only the resident skunk seems to feed off of it from time to time. It doesn't bother us and is friendly with the cat. It also doesn't spray us, but in the summer months, as I'm finding my way through the dark I am wary of it. It doesn't stay near the house but comes up every so often to check out the slop bucket. I know it likes to gnaw on the chicken bones.
I would be interested in knowing a way to use the bones in a garden. I am becoming more aware of how much I waste and a lot of it has to do with seeing how much garbage I make each week. I saved a couple of plastic ice cream buckets and I use them for everything when in the past I would've thrown them away. I'm amazed at their use and it's open my eyes to, how I can value my "garbage" more. I think a lot of our economical problems have to do with wasting and not prioritizing what matters. I also think it's worth it, to make the time to become more resourceful. I love to save energy, that includes my own energy.
I'd want the bones I use to actually be effective for fertilizing and I'd also like to find an energy efficient way to do so. So, what's the difference between a bone being dried by the Sun or some other source and a boned being broken down by the soil and what's a better way to make it bioavailable to plants? Also, how can you speed up the process without losing the integrity of the nutrients? Mostly, I don't want to put a lot of effort and I don't want the coyotes digging in the garden.
I do think it's an interesting thing to ponder considering, I want to raise my own cattle and chickens one day and it would be neat to learn how to recycle bones to put back into the field for grass, or how to make my own bone meal for my future dogs.
I would like to use what I can for stock first. As I use a lot of chicken stock and what I buy is so unhealthy and full of sodium, and who the hell knows where it comes from.
So, I don't know how that would effect the integrity of the bone. I'm sure a grass fed chicken might be different than a corn fed chicken. I guess it's the whole chemistry of, we are what we eat down to, what the garden eats.
I wonder if there are plants you can grow to help break down the bones more to make rich soil? Like put the bone meal in the fall and plant something that enriches the soil and breaks down the bone meal more for a veggie garden that would be planted in Spring . I can see it now... I'm totally going to have a portion of a green house devoted to compost, and finding an easy way to make my bones bioavailable to my plants.