If you're one to be iffy about the idea of raising ducks for meat...stop reading here. I do not want to offend anyone.
My husband and I decided to raise a flock of meat ducks this last summer, and I decided to use their down and feathers for a comforter. I wanted to make sure to get as much as we could from these ducks' lives.
To anyone who wanted to know if you could use feathers from ducks as down for comforters and such...yes, you can. How do you do it? Well, I could not find any online source that would give me the whole process, so I wrote down and photographed the process as much as I could for future reference. I used this information in my blog for a few weeks, but instead of directing you to endless frou frou about knitting, I've converted the whole thing to a pdf. file.
I've posted the pdf form to google docs:
If you've got questions after reading that, ask me. We now have one duck down comforter and I will be making more. The one down comforter measuring 60" x 60" took the feathers + down of about 8 ducks. All in all, we butchered 26. And as you are all my witness, I will never. do. it. again. Next year, chickens.
Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been saving my feathers and wanting to make a comforter, but didn't really know where to begin! You're my hero!
Wow seems unreal I figured it would take more to make a whole blanket.
If you want to pre-wash feathers in the future, put them in a pillow case, tie it up tight and through it in the washer and dryer ( did this with chicken feathers on 'sanitize' cycle).
Works very well. Great article thanks for sharing.
That is exactly how I do mine!! I tried several other ways (huge PITA on all of them). Then I thought, "hey, what if I put a pillow case in the pluck bucket and then I could tie it and wash/dry them with no fear of them escaping". It worked beautifully. Been doing it that way ever since.