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What to do with all these chicken feathers?? (craft ideas??)

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So... the last couple days, I've been out collecting chicken feathers.  I just can't see letting a perfect feather get all cruddy and such like so many do.  There are a lot of feathers lately in my coop.  I don't know if it's the heat or if they're just molting or what... Anyway, I'm just wondering if any of you have crafts they do with feathers?  I'm looking for new ideas smile

Jenny: wife to 1 great husband, mom of 3 boys, 1 dog (lab), 6 cats and 19 chickens (variety of Barred rock, sex links, EE, wyandottes, RIR, australorp, orpington and banty polish)...
New chicks!: FBC marans, blue ameraucanas, Speckled Sussex, Welsummer, lakenvelder, leghorns, cornish, brahma, cochin, s. faverolles and EE. 
Getting some buckeyes, barnevelders and marans this summer...
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Jenny: wife to 1 great husband, mom of 3 boys, 1 dog (lab), 6 cats and 19 chickens (variety of Barred rock, sex links, EE, wyandottes, RIR, australorp, orpington and banty polish)...
New chicks!: FBC marans, blue ameraucanas, Speckled Sussex, Welsummer, lakenvelder, leghorns, cornish, brahma, cochin, s. faverolles and EE. 
Getting some buckeyes, barnevelders and marans this summer...
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post #2 of 32

I think I will be the same way .. can't imagine.  I know I can "decorate" framed pics with them .. any kind of weaving .. make feather "flowers" .. etc.

I can't wait to have that problem!

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~deb           
Home of Shiner Bock and the Brood with an Attitude
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post #3 of 32

I have a feather collecting fettich too. Last year we made my brother a "Native American costume" (headband and vest) with feathers glued on for Thanksgiving. He had fun glueing all of the feathers. I have a small vase of feathers too.

Owner of 1 mutt, 3 kitties, 1 huge rooster, 2 EEs, 1 Black Star, 1 Barred Rock! RIP Dino

**The name is a twist from Finding Nemo. The sharks have a club and their motto is "Fish are friends NOT food" It is in fact not an instruction or insinuation that people should not eat chicken, I do myself. Sorry if there are/were misunderstandings on the subject**
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Owner of 1 mutt, 3 kitties, 1 huge rooster, 2 EEs, 1 Black Star, 1 Barred Rock! RIP Dino

**The name is a twist from Finding Nemo. The sharks have a club and their motto is "Fish are friends NOT food" It is in fact not an instruction or insinuation that people should not eat chicken, I do myself. Sorry if there are/were misunderstandings on the subject**
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post #4 of 32

Use them in flower arrangments or in vases alone as feathered arrangments. Use them to decorate things like frames, hats, walls, candles, clothing, hair ties, horse mane ties, feather dusters, feathered fans, jewelry...uhmmm the possibilities are endless big_smile

'When she starts to twist, be more like Chris...pull your hat down tight and just LeDOUX IT - Good Ride Cowboy, Good Ride'          COWGIRL TOUGH     

I have the Need for Speed, so be fast or eat my dust!
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'When she starts to twist, be more like Chris...pull your hat down tight and just LeDOUX IT - Good Ride Cowboy, Good Ride'          COWGIRL TOUGH     

I have the Need for Speed, so be fast or eat my dust!
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post #5 of 32

If you have any long wing or tail feathers you could make quill pens.  We have "Pioneer Day" at a local park and I have demonstrated making quill pens and black walnut ink.  It really works!  It also seems to improve penmanship.  (Can't figure that one out.)rollidunno

post #6 of 32

make earrings with them!

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I'm the considerate Pullet of BYC! C-Lo 98!  I BELIEVE in Nargles!
Follow My Nature Blog!
I'm LOONY for Lovegood!
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post #7 of 32

I collect them then wash and dry them - sort them by length and when my grandkids come over they LOVE making things with them. A little glitter glue- a few beads and they have made hats- masks- all sorts of things. They love to guess whose feather they are using too- makes another game out of it:)smile

~ Life is better with chickens ~

" Eating is an agricultural act" Wendell Berry
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~ Life is better with chickens ~

" Eating is an agricultural act" Wendell Berry
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post #8 of 32

Glad to see this post - I'm not alone in the world. I was picking up feathers yesterday too. Haven't decided what to do with them yet but when I do I'll share.

post #9 of 32

Well im supposed do a social studies project about Gary Paulson.Im making a handmade bow and arrows.You need the tail feathers for the arrows.The only problem is finding an extremly straight branch for the arrows but if you look hard enough youll find a few.Iv already got 3 arrows completed.


Edited by pringle - 9/18/09 at 5:11pm
post #10 of 32

I've used feathers in decorating boxes and making cards before... as they say, a little glitter glue works wonders

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